Prepositional Verbs in French – Part II

Part II, Verbs + de: Video Here

A Verbs + de +Verb:

  1. Accepter de: To accept to, to agree
    J’accepte de faire la vaisselle: I accept to do the washing up
    Following by a noun, we do not need a preposition: J’accepte l’offre: I accept the offer.
  2. S’agir de: to be, to be a question of
    Il ne s’agit pas de ça: that’s not the point
    Il s’agit de 2 livres: it is a question of 2 books
    Il s’agit de prendre le livre: it is a question of taking the book
  3. Arrêter de: to stop
    Arrête de me faire peur: Stop frightening me
    Following by a noun, no preposition: Arrête le moteur: stop the engine!
  4. Continuer de = Continuer à
    Je continue de lire ce livre: I continue reading this book
    Following by a noun, no preposition: Je continue mon chemin: I continue on my way.
  5. Essayer de: to try to
    Essaie de manger un peu: try to eat a bit
    Following by a noun, no preposition: J’essaie la voiture: I try the car
  6. Avoir peur de: to be afraid of
    J’ai bien peur de ne pas pouvoir venir: I am afraid not to be able to come
    Il n’a pas peur de travailler dur: he is not afraid of hard work
    But, I am afraid not = J’ai bien peur que non
  7. Dire de: to tell someone to do something
    Je te dis de faire tes devoirs: I tell you to do your homework
  8. Proposer de: to suggest
    Je propose d’aller au cinéma: I suggest going to the cinema
    Following by a noun, no preposition:
    On me propose un nouveau travail: I have been offered a new job
  9. Venir de: to have just
    Je viens de terminer les devoirs: I have just finished my homework

B Verbs + de + Noun

  1. Avoir besoin de: to need
    J’ai besoin d’un ami: I need a friend
    With a verb too: J’ai besoin de manger: I need to eat
  2. Avoir envie de: to want, to feel like
    J’ai envie d’un café: I feel like drinking a coffee
    With a verb too: j’ai envie de vomir: I feel like vomiting
  3. Changer de: to change
    Change de chemise: Change your shirt
    Change de pantalon: Change trousers
    Je change de vie: I change my life
  4. Jouer de: to play
    Elle joue du violon: She plays violin
  5. Se moque de: to make fun of
    Il se moque de moi: he is making fun of me
  6. Se passer de: to do without
    Je peux me passer de cigarettes: I can do without any cigarette
    With a verb too: je peux me passer de fumer: I can do without smoking
  7. Rire de: to laugh at
    Il fait rire de lui: people laugh at him
  8. Se servir de: to use, to make use of
    Il sait bien se servir de sa voiture: he knows how to use his car
    Elle s’est servie de lui: she used him

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3 thoughts on “Prepositional Verbs in French – Part II”

  1. Pascal,
    What an outstanding summary of the use of prepositional verbs.  You have such insight into what students need to make sense in french and to make good progress. I take off my hat to you.

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