I wasn't confused about this till I read the response to why is there the "de" between"c'est" and "perdre". In your response you say if "adjective or past participle in-ed" comes after être, but there is no adjective or past participle after "c'est", so why the "de"?
Thank you for your contribution, Maarten !
- être + adjective or past participle in-ed + de + verb
- être + de + verb
Freeform Writing Exercise A1
You are correct that in the text, there isn't an adjective or past participle in "c'est de perdre...".
However, it is possible to find 'de' between 'être + adjective / past participle' and 'the infinitive verb' as in the first two examples in my previous answer:
Je suis sûr de ... -> sûr (certain) = adjective
Ils sont tenus de... -> tenus (required) = past participle acting as an adjective
I hope this makes things clearer ;-)
Bonne journée !
Thanks for the quick response!
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