I'm reading a French article to practice my reading skills and I've come across this sentence:

Les scientifiques ont constaté qu'une personne seule a un risque accru de 29% de souffrir d'une crise cardiaque ou d'une angine de poitrine et 32% plus de risque d'être victime d'un AVC

I understand it pretty clearly, however, what is the point of "de" in "de souffrir..." and "d'être victime..."?

I understand that some verbs have de go after the infinitive, like for example permettre de, however I haven't heard of de going before the infinitive verb or anything like that.

Could someone explain to me why this is? Is there a rule for this use of de or something?

Thank you.


That's the very same rule you already mentioned about permettre de.

Here the expression is avoir un risque de, i.e. risquer de.

  • Oh, I didn't notice that! I thought de was there for other purposes for some reason... Didn't realize it was actually part of the expression. Thanks! – DeepLearner Apr 24 '16 at 22:43

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