Common mistakes #5 ⚠️

Regarder – with or without preposition?

 

Common mistake in French #5

Le verbe REGARDER s’utilise SANS préposition, car c’est un verbe TRANSITIF DIRECT et INTRANSITIF.

 

Mais qu’est-ce qu’un verbe TRANSITIF ?
C’est un verbe qui est accompagné d’un COMPLÉMENT D’OBJET.

 

Il peut être transitif DIRECT, c’est-à-dire accompagné d’un complément d’objet DIRECT (SANS préposition).

  • Il regarde la télé.

 

Ou il peut être transitif INDIRECT, c’est-à-dire accompagné d’un complément d’objet INDIRECT (AVEC préposition).

  • Il parle DE son voyage.

 

Et qu’est-ce qu’un verbe INTRANSITIF ?
C’est un verbe SANS complément d’objet.

  • Nous parlons.

 

Certains verbes peuvent être transitif ET intransitif, comme REGARDER et PARLER.

English

The verb REGARDER is used WITHOUT preposition, because it’s both a DIRECT TRANSITIVE and INTRANSITIVE verb.

 

But what is a TRANSITIVE verb?
It’s a verb that is followed by an OBJECT.

 

It can be DIRECT transitive, that means followed by a DIRECT object (NO preposition).

  • Il regarde la télé.

 

Or it can be INDIRECT transitive, that means followed by an INDIRECT object (WITH preposition).

  • Il parle de son voyage.

 

And what is an INTRANSITIVE verb?
It’s a verb WITHOUT object.

  • Nous parlons.

 

Some verbs are both transitive AND intransitive, like REGARDER and PARLER.

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