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Interdire usage

MikeC1Kwiziq community member

Interdire usage

Bonjour! I saw that interdire was used as follows: "....interdit aux buralistes de..." My question is: why are we using "à" in this phrase? In Spanish, we use a personal "a" in front of people but I don't know if that's the case in French. Would be very grateful for an explanation, thanks! 

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

interdire à qqn de faire qqc. -- to forbid someone to do something

J'ai interdit aux enfants de faire du bruit. -- I have forbidden the children to make noise.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

To add to Chris's answer, remember that some verbs in French require the preposition à or de. Sometimes the verb always has a following preposition and sometimes it modifies the meaning of the verb. Trying to define 'why' particular verbs need a particular preposition is often not fruitful !

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

Interdire usage

Bonjour! I saw that interdire was used as follows: "....interdit aux buralistes de..." My question is: why are we using "à" in this phrase? In Spanish, we use a personal "a" in front of people but I don't know if that's the case in French. Would be very grateful for an explanation, thanks! 

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