can you omit 'pour' ?

StewartC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

can you omit 'pour' ?

Just to be clear, in expressions like : 'Je vais au cinéma pour voir un film' ... presumably this implies that it is wrong to just say 'Je vais au cinéma voir un film'

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

He Stewart,

yes, in these cases you can't do without "pour".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

StewartC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thanks Chris, I'm now OK with this.
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I'm not a native speaker either, but I would have given you the opposite answer. I think pour is only used to stress the purpose, it can be omitted.

There's a song by Boris Vian with the line:

J'vais au cinéma voir des films suédois


StewartC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Hi Alan, Thanks for your input ... is there someone else out there who can further clarify this point please?

can you omit 'pour' ?

Just to be clear, in expressions like : 'Je vais au cinéma pour voir un film' ... presumably this implies that it is wrong to just say 'Je vais au cinéma voir un film'

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