French Verbs Followed By DE + Infinitive

This lesson is about some very common French verbs followed by DE + infinitive. The little two letter word DE is very important! Take note of it every time you see it!

This is not a complete list. I’ve tried to choose some verbs that I think you’re actually going to want to use as you start to speak more and more French.

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French Verbs Followed By DE + Infinitive

accepter de
to agree to
Nous acceptons D‘ASSISTER à votre mariage. 
We agree to attend your wedding. 
arrêter de
to stop
J’arrête DE PARLER.
I stop speaking.   I’m not speaking anymore.
avoir besoin de
to need
Tu as besoin D’ÉTUDIER ces verbes.
You need to study these verbs.
avoir envie de
to want
Qui a envie D’ALLER voir le nouveau James Bond?
Who wants to go see the new James Bond movie?
avoir l’air de
to seem to
Tu as l’air DE VOULOIR dire quelque chose. 
You seem to want to say something. 
avoir l’intention de
to intend
On n’a pas l’intention DE VOYAGER cet hiver. 
We do not intend to travel this winter. 
avoir peur de
to be afraid
Mon frère a peur DE PRENDRE l’avion.
My brother is afraid to fly.
avoir raison de
to be right
Vous avez raison D’AVOIR peur.
You are right to be afraid. 
avoir tort de
to be wrong
Vous avez tort DE ne pas me FAIRE confiance. 
You are wrong not to trust me. 
choisir de
to choose
Vous choisissez DE RESTER chez vous.
You choose to stay home.
décider de
to decide
Ils décident DE FAIRE une présentation.
They decide to make a presentation.
demander de
to ask
Je demande DE SORTIR.
I’m asking to go out.
essayer de
to try
Nous essayons DE te COMPRENDRE.
We are trying to understand you.
être obligé(e) de
to be obligated
to have to
Nous sommes obligé(e)s DE PARTIR à 18h30.
We are obligated to leave at 6:30 pm.
We have to leave at 6:30 pm.
faire exprès de
to do on purpose
Je ne fais pas exprès DE ne pas COMPRENDRE.
I don’t mean not to understand. 
finir de
to finish
Elles finissent D’ÉCRIRE l’exercice.
They finish writing the exercise.
offrir de
to offer
J’offre D’APPORTER leurs bagages.
I’m offering to bring their luggage.
oublier de
to forget
Tu oublies toujours DE FAIRE tes devoirs.
You always forget to do your homework.
promettre de
to promise
Nous promettons DE RANGER notre chambre.
We promise to clean up our room.
rêver de
to dream
Ses petits-enfants rêvent D’ALLER à Disneyland.
His / Her grandchildren dream of going to Disneyland.
risquer de
to risk
Vous risquez DE PERDRE toutes vos affaires.
You risk losing all of your belongings.

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