De versus Pour with "for doing" expressions

Charles

Kwiziq community member

13 February 2017

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De versus Pour with "for doing" expressions

I've used this expression on my French mentor several times and he hasn't corrected me: "Merci pour m'avoid appelé." I've also read and heard expressions like this several times: "Merci DE m'avoir prévenu." Are the words "de" and "pour" interchangeable in this type of expression? Many thanks in advance

This relates to:
Pour avoir fait = Cause for doing (simple expression) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 March 2017

13/03/17

Bonjour Charles !

I find it strange that your French mentor didn't correct you there, because you cannot say "Merci pour + verb" in French: it will always be "merci *de* + verb".

However, you can use interchangeably "merci pour/de + noun", as such:
"Merci de votre patience."
"Merci pour votre patience."

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Charles

Kwiziq community member

13 March 2017

13/03/17

Bonjour Aurélie,
Merci de m'avoir répondu!
It seems that presence of the word "merci" changes the structure of the "for doing" phrase, am I right? To borrow from the Level 5 "for doing lesson":
Tu auras une médaille pour avoir sauvé ce chat. = You will have a medal for saving this cat.
But if I want to say "Thanks for saving the cat" it becomes "Merci D'avoir sauve ce chat." ??
Same thing if a pronoun is introduced?
Tu auras une médaille pour m'avoir sauvé. = You will have a medal for saving me.
BUT "Thanks for saving me" = Merci DE m'avoir sauvé. Nest-ce pas?

This comes up a lot in everyday interaction so I want to make sure I'm getting it right!
Merci en avance, Charles

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 March 2017

13/03/17

Bonjour Charles !

Yes indeed, these are two separate structures, as "merci de + infinitive" is a different expression altogether.
"Pour que" in French is mostly used to express purpose = "for/in order to ".

Bonne journée !

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