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How do you know when to put "a(with an accent)" or "de"
eg... apprendre a (learn to)
il se donne la chance de (it gives one the chance to)
They are both to but have different ones at the end
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I’m studying AS French and my teacher says to just write out a list of the most common verbs with their preposition (à or de), at the moment I’ve not been taught a solid rule for when to use either preposition.
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Not very helpful, as I just do it automatically and don't know the rules (if there are any), but at least one thing I can say is that you always use à when you're going to somewhere, e.g. country, shop, house, etc. On va à la plage, chez mamie, aux magasins, etc.

Also, "il se donne la chance de" would translate rather to "he gives himself the opportunity to".
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Oh dear, "chez mamie" evidently doesn't have à in it aha.
(Original post by Kinyonga)
Not very helpful, as I just do it automatically and don't know the rules (if there are any), but at least one thing I can say is that you always use à when you're going to somewhere, e.g. country, shop, house, etc. On va à la plage, chez mamie, aux magasins, etc.

Also, "il se donne la chance de" would translate rather to "he gives himself the opportunity to".
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Unfortunately, you just have to learn them. This will come principally with lots and lots of practice using them! Or you could make a Quizlet and learn them by rote.

See attached for a list.

If you are doing A-level, you do need to learn most of these. If you are doing GCSE, I wouldn't worry too much for the moment.
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I'm doing GCSE
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Those prepositions can also be used in conjunction with an infinitive

For example - j'essaye de trouver mes devoirs (I am trying to find my homework)
Unfortunately there are lots and lots of verbs which have these prepositions, and they have to be learned
Also, some words have specific ones, which are either a (with an accent) such as aider or commencer, or de for words like essayer. Some do not take them, such as pouvoir and vouloir

Hope this helps !
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