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I'm attempting to localise a game into French. Using other games as a guide for my less than perfect French grammar, I notice that sometimes a phrase that would use the imperative in English uses the infinitive in French. Some phrases however, use the imperative.


Select all → Tout sélectionner
Play → Jouer
Connect → Connecter
Send bonus moves → Envoyer des déplacements bonus


Touch a sweet… → Touchez un bonbon…

Is there a rule for which to use? I observed that it might be that single word "commands" use the infinitive and longer phrases and sentences use the imperative. However the last infinitive example contradicts that observation.

merged by Stéphane Gimenez Dec 9 '14 at 12:30

This question was merged with Quand ou comment utiliser l'infinitif ou l'impératif ? because it is an exact duplicate of that question.