Lock in our old prices!
Your last chance to upgrade at these rates »

Preposition after vouloir

Frank C.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Preposition after vouloir

In the conditional phrase in the second sentence, we have "...si je ne voulais pas être père...".  I have terrible hearing, but I thought I heard d'être père.   I know that vouloir does not take a preposition to introduce an infinitive, so I was dubious.  I certainly did not hear an elision of the 's' of pas with être.   Are my ears deceiving me?

Asked 1 year ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

I clearly hear the phrase with liaison '.... pa zêtre père', not d'être. Technology or biology or both!

Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I think the brief English introduction to the story would better reflect the converation if it stated that Eric and Aurélie are discussing 'parenthood', as he clearly emphasises both his support for personal choice of motherhood, and his choice not to be a father. Aurélie supports his comments. 

Maybe the French title could reflect this also ?

Preposition after vouloir

In the conditional phrase in the second sentence, we have "...si je ne voulais pas être père...".  I have terrible hearing, but I thought I heard d'être père.   I know that vouloir does not take a preposition to introduce an infinitive, so I was dubious.  I certainly did not hear an elision of the 's' of pas with être.   Are my ears deceiving me?

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level
I'll be right with you...