Apprendre la Langue Française (Part 55): les verbes avec à


Source: french.about.com

À is required after certain verbs when they are followed by an inifinitive. Note that the English translation may take an inifinitive (e.g. to learn how to do something) or a gerund (e.g. to stop eating).

aider à to help to
s’amuser à to amuse oneself ___-ing
apprendre à to learn how to
s’apprêter à to get ready to
arriver à to manage / to succeed in ___-ing
s’attendre à to expect to
s’autoriser à to authorize / allow to
avoir à to have to / be obliged to
chercher à to attempt to
commencer à to begin to / ___-ing
consentir à to consent to
continuer à to continue to / ___-ing
décider (quelqu’un) à to persuade (someone) to
se décider à to make up one’s mind to
demander à to ask to
encourager à to encourage to
s’engager à to get around to
enseigner à to teach to
hésiter à to hesitate to
s’intéresser à to be interested in
inviter (quelqu’un) à to invite (someone) to
se mettre à to start, set about ___-ing
obliger à to oblige to
parvenir à to succeed in ___-ing
passer du temps à to spend time ___-ing
perdre du temps à to waste time ___-ing
persister à to persist in ___-ing
se plaire à to take pleasure in ___-ing
pousser (quelqu’un) à to urge/push (someone) to
se préparer à to prepare oneself to
recommencer à to begin ___-ing again
réfléchir à to consider ___-ing
renoncer à to give up ___-ing
résister à to resist ___-ing
réussir à to succeed in ___-ing
rêver à to dream of ___-ing
servir à to serve to
songer à to dream of ___-ing
tarder à to delay / be late in ___-ing
tenir à to hold (someone) to / insist on ___-ing
venir à to happen to

There is also a grammatical structure in which something other than a verb needs to be followed by à + infinitive. It is called passive inifinitive.

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