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That is, without being followed by "de" or "que"?

  • Do you have examples that we could work with? Otherwise, they look inseparable, as Luke was saying: cnrtl.fr/definition/afin%20de. – Frank Feb 13 '17 at 1:37
  • No Frank, that is why I asked ;D – KJC Feb 14 '17 at 9:29
  • I voted not to close because, it may be obvious for french expert but this is still a valid question. If you want to close, please say why. Thank you. – Jylo Feb 19 '17 at 10:31
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Afin is short for "à fin" or "avec pour finalité" (litterally : with the goal). Saying it alone, without "de" or "que" would be like saying "dans le but de" without "de", or "with the goal" without "of".

  • Merci beaucoup Jylo ! Ton explication est très claire. – KJC Feb 20 '17 at 2:12
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afin est toujours suivi de de + infinitif ou afin que + locution conjonctive

comme déjà indiqué: contraction de à fin (finalité): mais ceci ne se dit pas.

On peut dire aussi : à cette fin. Cela suppose que cette fin (finalité) a déjà été décrite.

  • Merci Guillaume. Votre explication est très claire. – KJC Mar 6 '17 at 20:55
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No, those two expressions are invariable. (See e.g. Wiktionary.)

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