A similar question has been asked but I dont understand why "à" is needed when "regarder" means "to watch"? So why is the extra "à" needed? I couldn't find anything that says "rester" is followed by "à" anywhere?
Freeform Writing Exercise B2
- When "rester" is followed by the preposition à and an infinitive, it can be used to express that something still needs to be accomplished or considered.
Le loyer reste à payer = the rent remains to be paid
Il ne me reste plus qu'à finir la vaisselle = all I have left to do is to finish the washing-up
- When "rester" is followed by the preposition à and an infinitive, it can be used to express that you are taking some time to do something - like in the example from the question above
Marc reste des heures à rêvasser = Marc spends hours daydreaming
Julie reste là à ne rien faire = Julie stands there doing nothing
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
The examples that Céline gives seem to be a bit different from the one James asked about. Maybe this discussion will be helpful:
At the end there is the suggestion that "rester à regarder ... signifient continuer une action déjà en cours." So they didn't stay in order to watch them, but continued to watch them.
I have updated my answer so as to include examples matching the question.
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