Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema
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Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema

5.1 Grammaire : les verbes suivis d’une préposition et d’un infinitif

Dans la section suivante, vous aurez l’occasion d'étudier un point de grammaire (les verbes suivis d’une préposition et d’un infinitif) tout en utilisant le vocabulaire lié au cinéma.

Grammar point 2: Verbs followed by a preposition and an infinitive

In French, when two verbs follow each other, the second is in the infinitive.

On peut ainsi regrouper les principales cinéastes françaises de la nouvelle génération par « familles ».

We can thus group the main French filmmakers of the new generation into ’families’.

Some verbs require a preposition when followed by a verb in the infinitive.

Le féminisme poussa certaines réalisatrices à prendre leur caméra pour signer des œuvres militantes.

Feminism pushed some female directors to take up the camera to put their name to militant works.

When you get to know a new verb, don’t forget to check its construction (i.e. how does it fit into the rest of a sentence). Here are some verbs followed by prepositions à or de:

  1. Followed by à: songer à ; réussir à ; apprendre à ; arriver à
  2. Followed by de : essayer de ; décider de ; tenter de ; choisir de

Note that the verb continuer is followed by either à or de.

Je continue à voir des films étrangers. (I continue to watch foreign films.)

Je continue de voir des films étrangers. (I continue to watch foreign films.)

Activité 12

Étape A

Complétez les phrases suivantes en utilisant la construction indirecte qui convient (au présent ou au passé selon le contexte).

Complete the following sentences using the appropriate indirect construction (present or past) according to the context.

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Étape B

Complétez les phrases suivantes en utilisant « à », « de » ou « d’ » selon le cas.

Complete the following sentences using « à », « de » or « d’ ».

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