Hi, can we only use "pour+infinitive" in the present time, if an action is not happened yet?

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

12 January 2016

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Hi, can we only use "pour+infinitive" in the present time, if an action is not happened yet?

example: Je lui dire pour l'aider, or Il m'aide pour terminer ce travail plus vite.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Pour avoir fait = Cause for doing (simple expression)"

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

12 January 2016

12/01/16

Bonjour Iy fen, No, you can use it in other tenses: Je lui ai dit pour l'aider, Il m'a aidé pour terminer plus vite. Je lui dirais pour l'aider, Il m'aidera pour terminer plus vite.

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

12 January 2016

12/01/16

Bonjour, Merci de votre réponse, selon ce que j'ai compris, on ne peut l'utiliser que dans le passé composé, le conditionnel ou le futur alors.

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

12 January 2016

12/01/16

Bonjour - Non, pas du tout. Je ne vous ai donné que quelques exemples - on peut l'utiliser avec tous les temps / modes.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 January 2016

15/01/16

Bonjour Ly, "pour + infinitive" simply means "in order to", so you can use it in any context that expresses a goal to reach, whether it being in the past, present, future ...! Hope that's helpful!

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2016

16/01/16

Bonjour, Thank you very much for your explanation, I understand now that we can use in any tense, so if we add "que" then we must use in subjunctive right? ex :Vous me l'expliqué pour que je le comprenne? is it right? my sentence ?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

16 January 2016

16/01/16

Yes, pour que requires the subjunctive. Your sentence is almost right: Vous me l'expliquez (or "me l'avez expliqué") pour que je le comprenne.

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

17 January 2016

17/01/16

Je vous remercie beaucoup. A bientôt ! si j'aurais autre question à vous poser.

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