Infinitive after Certain Prepositions

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Infinitive after Certain Prepositions The infinitive is used after all prepositions but  en,  which takes the present participle, and  après,  which is followed by the past infinitive.  Par  expresses “by” when followed by the verbs  commencer  or  finir.   Pour  expresses “in order to” when followed by the infinitive:  Il parle sans réfléchir.  (He speaks without thinking.)  Elle commence par danser.  (She begins by dancing.) 
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Unformatted text preview: Ils finissent par rire. (They end up laughing.) Il faut souffrir pour russir. (It is necessary to suffer to succeed.) Many verbs require the preposition before the infinitive. These include verbs showing tendency, yearning, and aim. For example: Je m'attends gagner. (I expect to win.) Elle tarde arriver. (She is late in arriving.)...
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