https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.

à, de or nothing

When do you use verb+à+inf., verb+de+inf. and verb+inf. ?

Examples:

  • Il pense à manger le gâteau.
  • Je vais arrêter de manger.
  • Nous devons faire un gâteau.

Thank you in advance!

November 28, 2017

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/pippipippip

Maybe there are some themes or patterns, but I don't know them. You just have to remember which verbs are which - and you should try to pay attention when you first learn each verb if it needs à or de. Here are 2 webpages with some lists of each.

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/verbs-with-a/

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/verbs-with-de/

November 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.

Thank you!

November 28, 2017

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November 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

One of my favorite cheat sheets. Thanks for sharing.

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.

I agree!

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

Just a small note on your first example. "Impossible" is not a verb. That sentence is an example of an impersonal expression.

To answer your question, there is no rhyme or reason with prepositions. As answered already, you will have to learn the first verb and the preposition that goes with it.

November 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JulesF.

O yeah right... I will adjust it ;-)

November 29, 2017
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