List of French Verbs Followed by No Preposition & Verb

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

We already studied common French verbs followed by the prepositions ‘à’ and “de”. Now, here is a list of common French verbs which are not followed by any preposition when followed by a verb in the infinitive. The second verbs comes directly after the first verb, as in “Paul adore jouer au foot” (Paul loves to play soccer).

These verbs may or may not take a preposition in English: to avoid mistakes, don’t translate!

Link the French verb construction to the image of action being described, not to the English words.

1 – List of Common French Verbs Followed by no Preposition (Nothing) + Verb

To make it clearer, I’ll use “faire quelque chose” as my second verb, but you could replace it by any other infinitive that makes sense.

  1. adorer faire quelque chose – to love doing something
  2. aimer faire quelque chose – to like/enjoy doing something
  3. aimer mieux faire quelque chose – to rather do something
  4. aller faire quelque chose – to be going to do something
  5. avouer faire quelque chose – to admit to do something
  6. compter faire quelque chose – to intend to do something
  7. courir faire quelque chose – to run to do something
  8. désirer faire quelque chose – to want to do something
  9. détester faire quelque chose – to hate to do something
  10. devoir faire quelque chose – to have to do something
  11. écouter (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to listen (someone) do something
  12. emmener (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to take (someone) to do something
  13. envoyer (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to send (someone) to do something
  14. espérer faire quelque chose – to hope to do something
  15. être censé faire quelque chose – to be supposed to do something
  16. faire faire quelque chose – to have something done
  17. il faut faire quelque chose – one must do something about it
  18. laisser faire quelque chose – to allow/let something to be done
  19. oser faire quelque chose – to dare to do something
  20. paraître faire quelque chose – to seem to do something
  21. penser faire quelque chose – to consider doing something
  22. pouvoir faire quelque chose – to be able to do something
  23. préférer faire quelque chose – to prefer to do something
  24. prétendre faire quelque chose – to pretend to do something
  25. regarder (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to watch someone do something
  26. savoir faire quelque chose – to know HOW TO do something
  27. sembler faire quelque chose – to seem to be doing something
  28. souhaiter faire quelque chose – to wish to do something
  29. venir faire quelque chose – to come to do something
  30. vouloir faire quelque chose – to want to do something
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2 – French Verb of Motions Are Usually Followed by an Infinitive (no Preposition)

Note also that most verbs of motion are followed by an infinitive when you use them to say “to go up to do something”… So followed by “faire quelque chose”…

Example: descendre faire la cuisine = to go downstairs to cook.

  1. monter (to go upstairs),
  2. descendre (to go downstairs),
  3. rentrer (to go home/inside),
  4. aller (to go),
  5. retourner (to go back),
  6. sortir (to go outside),
  7. venir (to come)

Read more about verbs using être or avoir.

If you know more COMMON French verbs followed by no preposition + verb in the infinitive, kindly leave a comment below, and I’ll add them to the list. Merci!

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  1. Check out my list of common French verbs followed by the preposition à + infinitve and nouns
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Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 25+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Come to Paimpol and enjoy an exclusive French immersion homestay with me in Brittany.

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