Another verb + preposition question. Why is it "rester à les regarder" instead of "rester pour les regarder"?
Freeform Writing Exercise B2
There is a difference in meaning between rester à faire which means to continue /to keep doing and rester pour faire which means to stay for a purpose.
I know it is subtle but in this context, you would use rester à les regarder, in other words, they couldn't take their eyes off them.
Hope this helps!
The preposition pour introduces a causal contact:
rester pour les regarder -- to stay in order to watch them.rester à les regarder -- to stay to watch them = to continue to watch them
Thank you. So, the use of à in rester à le faire (to continue/keep doing it) seems similar to how it is used in passer le temps à le faire (to pass the time doing it).
It is all these little filler words, articles and prepositions, that make French difficult. I would understand rester à le faire if I heard it or read it, but I would not have thought to use when speaking or writing. I have a friend from Serbia who has lived in the US for 30+ years. He is perfectly fluent in English but he misuses these little filler words all the time.
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