Is "demeurer" intransitive with "avoir"? Is it always followed by an adjective with "être"?


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24 January 2016

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Is "demeurer" intransitive with "avoir"? Is it always followed by an adjective with "être"?

It seems like it takes an indirect object with avoir, since it is followed by a preposition in both examples (which seems backwards from every other French verb I have seen that has dual meanings when both auxiliary verbs are used in Le Passé Composé). But the lesson does not describe it as intransitive with avoir, which makes me think that there may be exceptions that cause it to not be described that way. And there are not enough examples for me to get a good feeling about how it works. With être, it doesn't seem to take a direct object in the usual sense, but it seems nevertheless to need something to act on. It is followed by an adjective and then a prepositional clause in both the examples.


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28 January 2016


It is my understanding that when demeurer means "to live", it is conjugated with avoir; when it means "to remain", it is conjugated with etre. (Sorry about the lack of accent; I have an English keyboard,) I have lived in France for seven years and have never heard demeurer used. If you are unsure about it, I would use the alternatives.

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