List of French Verbs Followed by the Preposition À + INFINITIVE

French  verbs followed by À + INFINITIVE

These verbs must be followed by À when they are used before verbs in the INFINITIVE form.  There are other verbs that need À, but here are some of the most common ones.  It will not be helpful to translate from English to French because many times we don’t need a preposition in English.  Unfortunately, you will have to memorize this list.

This lesson is more advanced and includes more verbs than my A2 level lesson. Check out my full course which includes examples in French and English at the B1-B2 level. Click here for an A2 level lesson on verbs followed directly by infinitives or prepositions and enroll in my full course for free @ LLL French Academy.

When you sign up for my full course, you get examples in French and English for all of the following verbs as well as lots of exercises and practice cards to help you master your new French grammar skill! You’ll also learn which verbs require à or de when followed by nouns.


aider à
to help doing something
apprendre à
to learn / to teach to do something
arriver à
to manage to do something
chercher à
to try to do something; to seek to do something
commencer à
to begin doing something
continuer à
to continue doing something (an action)
encourager à
to encourage (someone) to do something
hésiter à
to hesitate doing something
inviter à
to invite to do something
mettre du temps à
to spend time doing something (to accomplish a task)
obliger à
to make (someone) do something
passer du temps à
to spend time doing something
perdre du temps à
to lose time doing something
pousser à
to push (someone) to do something
renoncer à
to give up on doing something
réussir à
to succeed at doing something
s’amuser à
to have fun doing something
s’attendre à
to expect to do something
s’habituer à
to get used to doing something
se mettre à
to begin doing something
se préparer à
to get ready to do something
servir à
to be used to do something
tenir à
to really want to do something

B1 LEVEL: FRENCH VERBS FOLLOWED BY INFINITIVES OR NOUNS

Certain French verbs must be followed by DE, À, or NOTHING when an infinitive comes next. Some verbs require À or DE when followed by nouns. This lesson expands upon the list of common verbs you learned in my free A2 level lesson, and it includes examples for every verb in French with English translations. The examples are written at a B1-B2 level.

This is not a lesson that can really be explained as there is no rhyme or reason as to whether you need prepositions or not. I thought the best thing to do would be to provide you with comprehensive lists and practice resources. It will not be helpful to translate from English to French because many times we don’t need prepositions in English even though they’re essential in French. The best thing to do is work on memorizing these lists.

TRÈS IMPORTANT: Unlike my level A2 lesson, this is a course about verbs when followed both by infinitives as well as nounsIt is important to revise verbs followed by nouns to help you remember when to use the pronouns Y and EN as well as the relative pronoun DONT.


STEP 1:  Verbs + no preposition + infinitive

Download the list without examples and keep it as a reference.

Download and study the list with examples in French and English.

Highlight the verbs and infinitives as you read the sentences aloud.

STEP 2:  Verbs + À + infinitive

Download the list without examples and keep it as a reference.

Download and study the list with examples in French and English.

Highlight the verbs and infinitives as you read the sentences aloud.

STEP 3:  Verbs + DE + infinitive

Download the list without examples and keep it as a reference.

Download and study the list with examples in French and English.

Highlight the verbs and infinitives as you read the sentences aloud.

STEP 4:  Verbs + À + noun

Download the list without examples and keep it as a reference.

Download and study the list with examples in French and English.

Highlight the verbs and nouns as you read the sentences aloud.

STEP 5:  Verbs + DE + noun

Download the list without examples and keep it as a reference.

Download and study the list with examples in French and English.

Highlight the verbs and nouns as you read the sentences aloud.

STEP 6:  100 practice cards

Fill in the blanks with À, DE, or NOTHING at all with verbs followed by infinitives and nouns. There are even some surprise cards which include other ways to use these difficult prepositions!

STEP 7:  Test yourself

After having spent time using your practice cards…. It’s time to test yourself! Download your test and see how you do. The sentences are the same as the ones on the practice cards, so don’t begin this final step until you feel you’re ready for the challenge! An answer key is provided.

Other lists to master @ LLL BLOG:

👉
Verbs + NO PREPOSITION + Infinitives 

👉Verbs + À + Infinitives 

👉Verbs + DE + Infinitives 

👉Verbs + À + Nouns 

👉Verbs + DE + Nouns 


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