"Il ne voyait que sa petite amie, le dimanche."

Translation:He used to see only his girlfriend on Sundays.

July 9, 2020

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The 2 allowable translations [French to English] have very different meanings. It accepted :"He used to see his girlfriend only on Sundays" meaning he only saw her once a week. Also, "He used to see only his girlfriend on Sundays" means he devotes Sundays to his girlfirend, but doesn't say whether he sees her on the other days. Odd.


True...I wonder if it's possible to express the distinction in French.


It is; it depends on the placement of que:

  • Il ne voyait que sa petite amie, le dimanche = "He used to see only his girlfriend (and no one else) on Sundays."

  • Il ne voyait sa petite amie que le dimanche = "He only used to see his girlfriend on Sundays (and no other weekday)."


"girlfriend only on Sundays" c'est ce qui eat accepté. Pas "girlfriend only on Sundays."


I thought - He only used to see his girlfriend on Sundays.


I find Duo's translation could imply exclusivity on the Sunday relationship. The other acceptable translations simply limit the visits to only Sundays, but do not imply exclusivity. I suppose this is yet another example of losing context with a single sentence.


Why is there a come before le dimanche? Is that a french thing ?


This implies that he sees other girls on the other days and only his girlfriend on Sundays. If that's what you want to imply, fine, but otherwise I suggest "He used to see his girlfriend only on Sundays." The placement of "only" in English is very important to the meaning.


It may imply that to you, but I read it as "The only person he sees on Sundays is his girlfriend".


As sean.mullen helpfully explains above, the placement of 'que' has the same importance in the French as 'only' has in English. Here, the placing of 'que' means it clearly qualifies 'petite amie' so meaning she is the only person he sees on Sundays. If it wanted to say Sundays are the only day he sees her, it would be 'ne ... que le dimanche'.

Btw, honi soit qui mal y pense! No implication he's unfaithful to her the rest of the week, just that on Sundays she is the only person he sees. He may see her at other times, but in the company of other people.


I answered "He only sees his girlfriend on Sundays". Duo accepted, but pointed out that I made a typo, suggesting instead "Hed only see his girlfriend on Sundays."


You were lucky your answer got accepted, as you had the wrong verb tense (present instead of past). Duo was suggesting He'd (as in he would), ironically with a typo :)


How do you say "He used only to see his girlfriend on Sundays" (he didn't do anything else with her, just saw her)?


Why is He used only to see his girlfriend on Sundays?


I don't see "only" in this sentence.

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