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Pour-For/to

When is "pour" use to mean "to" in a sentence? Like, "Les États-Unis utilisent Fahrenheit pour mesurer la température plutôt que Celsius" (The United States uses Fahrenheit to measure temperature rather than Celsius)?

March 20, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChipHarrel

I recall moderator Sitesurf stating: Before a verb in infinitive "pour" means "in order to, so as to".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaCroixRouge141

Thank you very much!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

So the way I learned it

It is used when designating the purpose of something.

the dictionary unconjugated form of the verb ending means "to verb" so mesurer is "to measure" not just "measure" "pour" still means "for" in this sentence. "pour mesurer la temp-" would closer translate to "for to measure the temp-" or more smoothly can be shortened to a simple "to" in english.

Just as english uses 'for' in the context of "This is what this object is for" meaning "the reason we use this." and 'to' as in "this is the verb that happens"

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