List of French Verbs Followed by No Preposition + Verb

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.

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.

  • adorer faire quelque chose – to love doing something
  • aimer faire quelque chose – to like/enjoy doing something
  • aimer mieux faire quelque chose – to rather do something
  • aller faire quelque chose – to be going to do something
  • avouer faire quelque chose – to admit to do something
  • compter faire quelque chose – to intend to do something
  • courir faire quelque chose – to run to do something
  • désirer faire quelque chose – to want to do something
  • détester faire quelque chose – to hate to do something
  • devoir faire quelque chose – to have to do something
  • écouter (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to listen (someone) do something
  • emmener (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to take (someone) to do something
  • envoyer (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to send (someone) to do something
  • espérer faire quelque chose – to hope to do something
  • être censé faire quelque chose – to be supposed to do something
  • faire faire quelque chose – to have something done
  • il faut faire quelque chose – one must do something about it
  • laisser faire quelque chose – to allow/let something to be done
  • oser faire quelque chose – to dare to do something
  • paraître faire quelque chose – to seem to do something
  • penser faire quelque chose – to consider doing something
  • pouvoir faire quelque chose – to be able to do something
  • préférer faire quelque chose – to prefer to do something
  • prétendre faire quelque chose – to pretend to do something
  • regarder (quelqu’un) faire quelque chose – to watch someone do something
  • savoir faire quelque chose – to know HOW TO do something
  • sembler faire quelque chose – to seem to be doing something
  • souhaiter faire quelque chose – to wish to do something
  • venir faire quelque chose – to come to do something
  • vouloir faire quelque chose – to want to do something

French Verb of Motions Are Usually Followed by an Infinitive (no Preposition)

Note also that most verbs of motion are followed by an infinitive ; monter (to go upstairs), descendre (to go downstairs), rentrer (to go home/inside), aller (to go), retourner (to go back), sortir (to go outside), venir (to come)… faire quelque chose:
Descendre faire la cuisine = to go downstairs to cook.
Read more about these verbs here  and when to use être or avoir with them.

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

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Check out the list of common French verbs followed by the preposition à + infinitve and nouns

Check out the list of common French verbs followed by the preposition de + infinitve and nouns

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