etre vs d'etre

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etre vs d'etre

Hi, 

I was wondering why is it "je suis fière d'être utile" rather than "je suis fière être utile". Would it be incorrect to ommit the 'd'' in this case?

 

Thanks,

 

Martina

Asked 1 month ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Martina, 

just as some verbs always need a preposition following them before an infinitive, the verb expression ‘ être (adjective or adjectival past participle) de (verb infinitive) ‘ requires a similar structure. This is an example of the structure with the adjective ‘fière’, and the verb ‘être’ following again on this occasion in the infinitive. Yes, it would be incorrect to leave ‘de’ out.

See Cécile’s response to a similar question previously, and Laura Lawless site of verbs requiring preposition ‘de’ before infinitives, including this situation with être.

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/etre-a-ou-etre-de

 https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/verbs-with-de 

PS it is more complicated again with impersonal expressions - c’est/il est adjective (de or à) infinitive. 

 https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/using-impersonal-expressions/

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Also: https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/adjectives-with-prepositions/

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Martina, 

Alan’s response extends beyond what I wrote. Strongly suggest looking at that link too.

etre vs d'etre

Hi, 

I was wondering why is it "je suis fière d'être utile" rather than "je suis fière être utile". Would it be incorrect to ommit the 'd'' in this case?

 

Thanks,

 

Martina

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