Is "Je ne veux pas qu'ils à mourir" a good translation or should you use "Je ne veux pas qu'ils meurent"?

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Je ne veux pas qu'ils à mourir is incorrect / ungrammatical.

Je ne veux pas qu'ils meurent is fine and likely the best translation you can use.


The second one is correct.

In French, you don't use à before infinitives to indicate the "to", it's implied.

  • "Je ne veux pas le décès d'eux" is not correct French. You might say "Je ne veux pas de leur décès" but that doesn't translate well "I don't want them to die".
    – jlliagre
    Apr 5, 2016 at 0:51
  • ah, you're right, thanks! I'm currently learning French, there are spots like that that I still have to iron out ^^"
    – No Name
    Apr 5, 2016 at 1:02

An alternative word for meurent is périssent

"Je ne veux pas qu'ils périssent"

  • 2
    You should note that "périr" is a bit old-fashionned
    – Random
    Apr 5, 2016 at 7:27
  • You could present a balance of your older alternative with a newer one: "[Je {ne} peux pas les pifer mais] je {ne} veux/voudrais pas qu'ils claquent quand même!"
    – Papa Poule
    Apr 6, 2016 at 13:37

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