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À vs De using Infinitives

Is there a pattern as to how I can n’identifie which verbs take de or a or nothing with them when using a later verb in the infinitive? I’m trying to study for a test but I can’t seem to find any device that would allow me to memorize then rather than just brute-forcing it and memorizing every individual verb. Is there any sort of pattern I should look for?

May 14, 2018

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

Ahhh - this is the link I was looking for. In relation to À vs De
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May 14, 2018

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"À" is used when you want to describe an action based on a certain object or activity. This means that "à" must be used after an object in the sentence, and can even be used to describe other infinitives.

Ces examens sont difficiles à réussir.

These tests are hard to pass.

Otherwise, "de" is used when you want to desbribe an action with the "dummy subject," "il." I would say these are easier to use and more flexible than using "à," simply because it always follows the same form, but this is just my opinion.

Format: Il est [adjectif] de [verbe]-[objet (in)direct]/[adverbe].

Il est facile d'apprendre le français.

Il est dûr de vivre avec peu d'argent.

Note that you cannot use the "de" construction of infinitives when you want to use "il" as the subject pronoun for male people. In the scenarios, you must still use "à."

Il est difficile à nourrir quand il ne coopère pas.

May 14, 2018

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

Regarding your question about verbs, check out : ༠

Verbs - hop by hop

It gives you some good ways to see verbs in an organized way.

I hope this helps :)

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lauren280711

Thanks for your advice, but I meant specifically ins entende structures such as “nous nous amusons a faire des gateaux” or “j’ai décidé de continuer mes études”

May 14, 2018
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