How would you say, "He does not have one car. He has two."?

diane

Kwiziq community member

3 May 2016

4 replies

How would you say, "He does not have one car. He has two."?

Il n'a pas une voiture. Il en a deux.

This relates to:
Un, une become de or d' in negative sentences (indefinite articles) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 May 2016

3/05/16

Bonjour Diane,

If you wanted to emphasise the number of cars he has, you could indeed say:
"Il n'a pas une voiture. Il en a deux.",
and even more colloquially, you could say:
"Il n'a pas une voiture, mais deux !"

Thank you for pointing out that case, we added this distinction to the existing lesson:
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/un-and-une-become-de-or-d-in-negative-sentences-indefinite-article

Merci et à bientôt !

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

13 May 2016

13/05/16

Bonjour, Peut-on dire : "Il n'a pas seulement une voiture, mais deux." Merci d'avance.

Shanti

Kwiziq community member

13 May 2016

13/05/16

Il n'a que une voiture mais deux

Shanti

Kwiziq community member

13 May 2016

13/05/16

Correction Il n'a qu'une voiture, mais deux

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