Questions tagged [infinitif]

Forme non conjuguée d'un verbe.

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Using “à” in French with infinitives

I am aware that the infinitive of a verb in french is just the word not conjugated. But I noticed a lot of times that à is used in French when with infinitives. For example, when I was in Québec, my ...
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How to explain the verbal structure of “Il était trop chaud pour pouvoir être mangé”?

I have seen this phrase in the fairy tale Boucles d'or et les Trois Ours: Il était trop chaud pour pouvoir être mangé I do not know which grammatical structure does the phrase "pouvoir être mangé" ...
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When should a preposition proceed a second verb in the infinitive and why is there a preposition? [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two sentences? Je commence faire Je commence à faire I saw the second in a text I'm reading, but I was taught that sentences with two verbs should be structured ...
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Pronoun position with infinitive

"I decided not to do it." Since "to do" is an infinitive, we have to put the verb (faire) after ne pas. Should we also put the pronoun (le) after ne pas or before pas? J'ai décidé ...
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“Dire avoir connu”?

Trying to figure out if this is a fixed phrase, or a grammatical construction I'm just unfamiliar with. It's from a children's version of Le Comte de Monte-Cristo. See the bolded portion: Certains ...
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Verbes en « -er » ou « -ez », quel est le sens des phrases ?

Dans de nombreuses phrases ou groupes de mots on peut écrire le verbe soit au présent avec « vous » (ez) soit à l'infinitif (er) Par exemple Marcher droit Ou Marchez droit De même, dans un ...
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« Demander de » vs « demander que » plus subjonctif

1) Je lui demande de venir. Je demande qu'il vienne. Quelle est la différence ? 2) Je lui ai demandé de venir. J'ai demandé qu'il vienne. J'ai demandé qu'il soit venu. Quelles ...
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Use of definite article with negation after infinitive

I'm taking the coffee break French course and one of the lessons the instructor uses both: je ne mange pas de viande je ne peux pas manger la viande The first one I understand, but the second with ...
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Is it possible to chain infinitives and conjugated verbs?

Nous voudrions croire que nous recevrons notre pain quotidien. Nous voudrions croire que notre voiture fera tourner fort plusieurs années encore. My understanding is that you have your conjugated ...
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use of infinitive in a sentence where the subject is unchanged

Since he made an effort to speak to me, I thought I should at least know his name. 'Puisqu'il a fait un effort de me parler, je croyais au moins devoir savoir son nom' I am wondering if: a) I have ...
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Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling and infinitive constructions

Ils voyait paraître un vieux paysan. Ils regardait les soldats faire l'exercice. Why in the first case the infinitive follows the governing verb why in the second one the infinitive is postponed?
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Différence entre “sembler” et “sembler être”

Y a-t-il des différences entre sembler et sembler être quand on les utilise avec un adjectif ? Ce film semble intéressant. Ce film semble être intéressant. Devrait-on utiliser l'un plutôt que l'...
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How to say in French “I/He/She told him/her/me that…”?

How do I translate these 2 sentences to French? I told her, that I still needed the form. She told me that I needed a new form with today's date. My attempt Je lui ai dit d'avoir encore besoin de ...
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How to phrase “proposer de [infinitive] à [someone]” for two distinct subjects?

I recently learned that to say "I suggested to my friend that we go to the movies" , you don't use the same sentence construction as "I want that we speak French" (ie, que + subject and verb, ...
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When giving commands, when should I use the imperative and the infinitive? [duplicate]

I'm attempting to localise a game into French. Using other games as a guide for my less than perfect French grammar, I notice that sometimes a phrase that would use the imperative in English uses the ...

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