Partitive articles

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John

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6 December 2018

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Partitive articles

We are told that partitive articles become de or d' in negative tenses. Yet in Aurélie's Chrismas quiz 'il ne veut que de la bûche' is given as a correct answer.

Please explain.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Du, de la, de l', des all become de or d' in negative sentences (partitive articles)"

Tom

Kwiziq community member

7 December 2018

7/12/18

Hi John,

Although 'ne..que' resembles a negative construction, it does not connote actual negation but rather restriction and does not follow the rules for the substitution of the partitive article in negative constructions. So, 'il ne veut que de la bûche' is perfectly correct.

Hope this helps.

Tom

 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

7 December 2018

7/12/18

Il ne veut que de la bûche. -- He only wants log-cake.
Il ne veut pas de bûche. -- He doeesn't want log-cake.

John

Kwiziq community member

7 December 2018

7/12/18

Hi Tom et Chris

Merci pour ces réponses. Maintenant je comprends.

John

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