Freeform Writing Exercise B2
This is no negation (note, that pas is missing to make it a complete negation). The construction ne..que is translated as "only" or "just":
Les deux n'étaient qu'une seule personne. -- The two were just one person.
But, how come the construction ne..que is even used? Why can't you say, "Françoise Dupont et Fantômette étaient une seule et même personne," meaning, Françoise Dupont and Fantômette were one and the same person, in English.
There are always several ways to express the same thing. The ne..que version sounds a bit more elegant.
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