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Re: He speaks only English

I think that the point is that it sounds better with the definite article if it begins with a vowel.  N'est-ce pas, Eric?
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Re: He speaks only English

Qu'est j'en sais moi ??....
Les voyages forment la jeunesse
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Re: He speaks only English

I feel you're probably better placed to say than some of us, bonnie lad.Smile [:)]
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Re: He speaks only English

Its one that I often get confused by especially as in speech people often drop the negation so when I hear both the ne and the que it sounds to my ears like "not only..........."

And then there is when I read books, with the short lines I read the "ne" and it can be a couple of lines before the "que" finally appears by which time I have interpreted the whole sentence as being not  blah blah blah as opposed to only blah blah blah.


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Re: He speaks only English

You got me wondering why I said that now.
I just think it sounds better with the l' .
Or maybe it's a negative thing, I'd probably say 'je parle anglais' but I'd say 'je ne parle pas l'anglais'.

Anyway here are some statistics according to how many times google found things:

"parle anglais" 2,710,000
"parle l'anglais" 66,000

"ne parle que l'anglais" 91,000
"ne parle qu'anglais" 68,600
"ne parle que anglais" 10,700




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Re: He speaks only English

 EuroTrash wrote:
"parle l'anglais" 66,000 "
Eugh. The two ls side by side sound horrid.  I'm with the majority here in both cases (makes a change!)
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Re: He speaks only English

Eric is right, both are correct !

I'd say " il ne parle qu'anglais "

C'est qui, Sweet, ton mari ? Wink [;-)] ( only kidding)


Life has a habit of biting you on the bum in ways that you least expect.............



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Re: He speaks only English

Non, Frenchie, pas mon mari............I'd have killed him by now!

The neighbour who wanted me to drive him to the garage AND speak to the garagiste on his behalfCry Out [:'(]


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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