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I was reviewing my notes from my French class and I can not find the meaning of this sentence anywhere. What does it mean exactly?

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Can you give us more context? – Fractaliste Mar 5 '14 at 22:22
@Fractaliste The exact example of my notes was "Il ne parle que français", and that it is already answered and explained. – Pigueiras Mar 5 '14 at 22:27
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If the phrase is used in a sentence such as:

Il ne parle que [le français]

It means he can only speak (and understand) [French].

If it is used in a sentence like:

Il ne parle que de [cette journée]

It means he talks only about that [day].

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It means the same as:

He only understands/speaks...


The only thing he understands/speaks is ...

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