How to say Only in French [+9 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say only in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say only in French
  • how the negation is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say only in French
  • the way Anki files can be downloaded for how to say only in French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this negation fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say only in French!

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Only in French with “ne…que”

“Only” in French can be expressed in the following way:

  • ne [verb] que = only [verb]

You place the ne…que around a verb to restrict it.

This way you can say “only” in French.

Je ne parle que l’anglais.

I only speak English.

Tu n’aimes que ça ?

Do you only like this/that?

Il ne mange que des fruits.

He only eats fruit.

Nous ne voulons que vous.

We only want you.

Vous n’êtes que des pions.

You are only pawns.

Ils ne boivent que de l’eau.

They only drink water.

This is the formal way to say “only” in French.

Only in French with “seulement”

“Only” in French can also be expressed in the following way:

  • [verb] seulement = only [verb]

Je parle seulement l’anglais.

I only speak English.

Il mange seulement des fruits.

He only eats fruit.

Ils boivent seulement de l’eau.

They only drink water.

This is an easier way to say “only” in French.

You will hear this in informal environments.

Sentences Overview of How to say Only in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say only in French is about seeing the negation in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say only in French through examples.

Here you can find the sentences of the previous chapters, neatly stored in one place.

Je ne parle que l’anglais.

I only speak English.

Tu n’aimes que ça ?

Do you only like this/that?

Il ne mange que des fruits.

He only eats fruit.

Nous ne voulons que vous.

We only want you.

Vous n’êtes que des pions.

You are only pawns.

Ils ne boivent que de l’eau.

They only drink water.

Je parle seulement l’anglais.

I only speak English.

Il mange seulement des fruits.

He only eats fruit.

Ils boivent seulement de l’eau.

They only drink water.

Quiz Yourself on How to say Only in French

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Anki File for How to say Only in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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