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In the sentence

Parce que la préposition à indique un mouvement

Is the à necessary? Can't you just say

Parce que la préposition indique un mouvement

In another sentence which has a different context

Les devoirs sont à faire à la maison

Does the à beside faire mean "To be done" in this sentence?

And my last question, does adding de in a sentence like

La forme la plus correcte est de lire à la page cinq

(I was reading a few forum posts about the difference of à, en, and dans, and this is one of the few answers replying to someone's examples)

Indicate a sort of quotation? Because without de, it still looks right to me.

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in the first sentence, you must consider "préposition à" like a noun. Personnally I would write "à" in italic in this case to show that it is not used as a preposition. Indeed, not all preposition indicate a movement: this is a specificity of "à".

Parce que la préposition "à" indique un mouvement. Parce que le "à" indique un mouvement.

Because "to" indicates a movement. (I apologize if my English is not correct)

for the second sentence, your interpretation is correct: 'à faire = to be done'

for the third sentence, you could also write

La forme la plus correcte est: "lire à la page cinq"

but otherwise you need the "de" like in :

Il est correct de faire... Il est important de faire... Il est mal de faire

etc

  • « à faire » se traduit plutôt par « to be done ». – Toto Apr 8 '16 at 8:30
  • merci pour le commentaire: j'ai corrigé – radouxju Apr 8 '16 at 8:32
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The "à" is definitely necessary in the sentence because it is the whole point of it. Read it like:

Parce que la préposition « à » indique un mouvement

In the second sentence, faire à is indeed to be done:

Les devoirs sont à faire à la maison : Assignments are to be done at home (i.e. they are homework).

De is required in the third sentence as it is written.

La forme la plus correcte est de lire à la page cinq

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