List of French Verbs Followed by the Preposition À + NOUN

French verbs followed by À + NOUN

These verbs must be followed by À when they are used before a NOUN whether it be a thing or a person.  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.  

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acheter quelque chose à quelqu’un
to buy something from / for someone
assister à quelque chose
to attend something 
conseiller à quelqu’un
to advise someone
demander à quelqu’un
to ask someone
défendre à quelqu’un
to forbid someone
désobéir à quelqu’un
to disobey someone
dire à quelqu’un
to say to someone
donner à quelqu’un
to give to someone
écrire à quelqu’un
to write to someone
emprunter à quelqu’un
to borrow from someone
faire attention à quelqu’un
to pay attention to someone
to be careful with someone
interdire à quelqu’un
to forbid someone
jouer à quelque chose (jeu / sport)
to play a game / sport
lire à quelqu’un
to read to someone
obéir à quelqu’un
to obey someone
offrir à quelqu’un
to offer / to give to someone
pardonner à quelqu’un
to forgive someone
parler à quelqu’un
to speak to someone
penser à quelqu’un
to think about someone
permettre à quelqu’un
to allow someone
plaire à quelqu’un
to please someone
promettre à quelqu’un
to promise someone
proposer à quelqu’un
to suggest to someone
réfléchir à quelque chose
to consider / think about something
répondre à quelqu’un
to answer someone
ressembler à quelqu’un
to look like someone
rêver à quelque chose
to dream about something
serrer la main à quelqu’un
to shake hands with someone
suggérer à quelqu’un
to suggest to someone
s’habituer à quelque chose / quelqu’un
to get used to something / someone
s’intéresser à quelque chose / quelqu’un
to be interested in something / someone
téléphoner à quelqu’un
to call someone 
tenir à quelque chose
to stick to something
to be attached to something
voler (quelque chose) à quelqu’un
to steal something from someone*Rather than saying “à Jean-Paul”, for example, it sounds better to use the indirect object pronoun LUI. 

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:

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Verbs + NO PREPOSITION + Infinitives 

👉Verbs + À + Infinitives 

👉Verbs + DE + Infinitives 

👉Verbs + À + Nouns 

👉Verbs + DE + Nouns 


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