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.


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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