Il ne me restera plus qu’à prendre mon sac.

Andy

Kwiziq community member

26 February 2017

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Il ne me restera plus qu’à prendre mon sac.

Could you help with this sentence please? I'm genuinely confused as to whether this sentence is another example of a double negative (no longer, only) or is just a conjunctional phrase: All (that) I'll have left to do will be to grab my bag. Or is even a conjunctional phrase using double negatives!!?? Help greatly appreciated. Thanks.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using double and multiple negatives (negation)"

Ron

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2017

10/04/17

For me this sentence seems awkward. Il ne me restera qu'à prendre mon sac, should translate: all I will have left to do is take my bag. ne. . . . .que = only which is a fairly common phrase in French. From the lesson: You can also use any of those with ne ... plus (not anymore): plus jamais OR jamais plus, but ONLY plus rien, plus personne, plus nulle part.

Andy

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2017

10/04/17

Yes I must say that I agree the sentence would be a lot more straight forward if 'plus' were omitted. However in the writing test in which I first saw this sentence (Week 21 - B1 I believe) it was present, which is exactly what prompted my question. I'm aware of the double negative combinations presented in the associated lesson, but unfortunately that lesson didn't offer any guideline at all on the use of ne...que with a second negative, or even if such a construction were possible. Had that information been provided I sure I wouldn't have need of further clarification. Forgive me but this question had remained unanswered for almost two months so I'd mostly given up on a response. Thank you.

Ron

Kwiziq community member

10 April 2017

10/04/17

Pas de problème ! Je ne me joins qu'il y a 4 jours et je ne fais pas partie de l’équipe du site. J'ai vu que ce qu'il y a eu un peu de questions sans une réponse. Alors. . . Bonne chance.

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