placement of adverb in passé composé

Mazie

Kwiziq community member

1 February 2017

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placement of adverb in passé composé

this is from one of the B1 tests. why is 'j'ai lu seulement des romans français' correct? shouldn't it be 'j'ai seulement lu des romans français'?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 February 2017

3/02/17

Bonjour Mazie !

Here the adverb "seulement" is used as a restrictive, and as such, will tend to be placed in front of the element it's restricting, similarly to the "que" in the negative expression "ne...que".

Have a look at the related lesson:
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/how-to-use-restrictive-ne-que-with-compound-tenses-to-express-only-negative-expression

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

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