In the wordreference dictionary, there are entries such as "parler de [qch]" or "parler à [qqn]".
1) Suppose we're using "verb + de" or "verb + à", as seen in a wordreference entry. Can there ever be words in between the verb, and the "de" or "à"? Or, instead, does the "de" or "à" always immediately come after the verb?
(The reason I ask this question, is that one of the difficulties I have been having as a French learner is parsing long sentences. When I see a "de" or an "à", sometimes I have trouble knowing what to "attach" the "de" or "à" to.
For example, with the sentence "Il tue ma volonté de chanter",
- I sometimes want to "attach" the "de" to the verb (as if there might be a wordreference entry for "tuer de"),
- instead of realizing that the "de" is "attached" to the noun "volonté" (as in "volonté de chanter").
(I may not realize that I'm supposed to see the group of words "ma volonté de chanter" as one unit, because the literal English translation would be "my desire of singing", which is strange English; more natural English would instead expect "ma volonté à chanter", as in "my desire to sing")).