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Level A2 - French verbs followed by infinitives

When to use À, DE, or NOTHING at all before an infinitive

A2 LEVEL: FRENCH VERBS FOLLOWED BY INFINITIVES

Certain French verbs must be followed by DE, À, or NOTHING when an infinitive comes next. This lesson includes common verbs that you will likely use on a regular basis.

TRÈS IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that this is a lesson about verbs when followed by infinitives and not by nouns.


STEP 1: Download and study your 5 page lesson.

STEP 2: Download your cheat sheet which is a handy one page reference document that lists all of the verbs from the lesson.

STEP 3: Read the list of verbs on the left, and in the spaces provided on the right indicate whether they’re followed by à, de, or nothing when used with infinitives. Next, fold the paper in half on the dotted line, and use it as a practice chart.

STEP 4: Exercise 1 - Fill in the blanks with À, DE, or NOTHING at all. Check your work using the answer key.

STEP 5: Use this Quizlet study set to practice memorising which verbs are followed by À, DE, or NOTHING. This set includes fun games and tests to evaluate your progress.

STEP 6: Translate - English to French translation exercise using all of the verbs from the lesson. Check your work against the answer key, but don't worry if your translation isn't exactly the same as mine. The essential part of this exercise is to use verbs followed by infinitives correctly.

STEP 7: Practice making your own sentences using the verbs you've learned with your set of 60 speaking cards. Each card indicates a subject, verb, and when necessary À or DE. Every time you pull out your set of cards to practice, you can use a different infinitive of your choice. Half of the cards feature different forms of negation:

  • ne...pas
  • ne...plus
  • ne...jamais
  • ne...rien

This resource is included in my FRENCH PROGRAM FOR SELF-LEARNERS, and once you own the program, you'll have access to all of LLL's current and future French learning resources at no additional cost!





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Jennifer Crespin
Jennifer Crespin

Jennifer is originally from Louisiana, and has been teaching French for over 20 years. She has been living in France with her husband and children since 2013, and continues to teach French both online and locally. She completed a BA in French and English, and taught French and moved to France for a year before completing an MA degree in French literature and language. While living in the US, she taught French for 15 years at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men.


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