List of French Verbs Followed by the Preposition DE + INFINITIVE

French verbs followed by DE + INFINITIVE

These verbs must be followed by DE when they are used before verbs in the INFINITIVE form.  There are other verbs that need DE, 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.  The best thing to do is work on memorizing 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.


accepter de
to accept doing something
accuser de
to accuse (someone) of something
arrêter de
to stop doing something
avoir besoin de
to need to do something
avoir envie de
to want to do something
avoir l’air de
to seem to be doing something
avoir l’intention de
to intend to do something
avoir peur de
to be afraid of doing something
avoir raison de
to be right to do something
avoir tort de
to be wrong to do something
cesser de
to cease doing something
choisir de
to choose to do something
conseiller de
to advise (someone) to do something
continuer de
to continue doing something (negative connotation)
décider de
to decide to do something
défendre de
to not allow doing something
demander de
to ask to do something
dire de
to say to do something
empêcher de
to prevent (someone from) doing something
envisager de
to contemplate doing something
essayer de
to try to do something; to make an effort
être obligé de
to have to do something
éviter de
to avoid doing something
faire exprès de
to do something on purpose
faire semblant de
to pretend to be doing something
finir de
to finish doing something
manquer de
to neglect doing something / to almost do something
mériter de
to deserve doing something
offrir de
to offer to do something
oublier de
to forget to do something
parler de
to talk about doing something
permettre de
to allow (someone) to do something
persuader de
to persuade / convince (someone) to do something
prévoir de
to plan to do something
promettre de
to promise to do something
proposer de
to suggest doing something
refuser de
to refuse doing something
remercier de
to thank (someone) for doing something
rêver de
to dream of doing something
risquer de
to risk doing something / might do something
se charger de
to take care of doing something
se dépêcher de
to hurry (to do) something
s’excuser de
to apologize for doing something
suggérer de
to suggest doing something
tenter de
to attempt doing something
venir de
recent past = to have just done 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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