Verbs followed by à and de

Useful selection of French verbs and the prepositions they're used with

Vocab

Décider de [faire] To decide to [do]
Penser à [faire] To think of [doing]
Dépendre de [quelque chose] To depend on [something]
Suggérer de [faire] To suggest [doing]
Envisager de [faire] To consider [doing]
Téléphoner à [quelqu'un] To phone [someone]
Offrir de [faire] To offer to [do]
Réfléchir à [quelque chose] To think about [something]
Commencer à [faire] To start [doing]

Q&A Forum 1 question, 2 answers

TammyB2Kwiziq community member

Slight differences in meaning depending on a/de

Hi - I see from a previous discussion that the meaning of a verb (e.g. commencer à/ commencer de) can slightly change depending on whether it is followed by à or de. Is this also true for  continuer à / continuer de? 

Are there also slight differences in meanings with the verbs mentioned above?

Thanks - Tammy

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Tammy,

If you take a look at my answer to a similar question -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/can-anyone-explain-the-difference-between-continuer-a-and-continuer-de-thank-you

But on the whole, continuer à is more used than the 'de' version and the difference is minimal.

Hope this helps!

 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
https://www.thoughtco.com/a-vs-de-french-prepositions-4080520#verbs-with-different-meanings-when-or-deis-used

According to this site, which has what seems to be a good section on this topic, commencer à/de is probably not the best example of a verb that changes meaning with à/de, and continuer à/de is placed in the same category. Hope the link helps.

Slight differences in meaning depending on a/de

Hi - I see from a previous discussion that the meaning of a verb (e.g. commencer à/ commencer de) can slightly change depending on whether it is followed by à or de. Is this also true for  continuer à / continuer de? 

Are there also slight differences in meanings with the verbs mentioned above?

Thanks - Tammy

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