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Offline theholygideons

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French help
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:31:55 AM »
how do you translate 'de' in french? as in before an infinitive. I am confused..

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Re: French help
«Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 07:47:22 AM »
'Of'

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Re: French help
«Reply #2 on: April 18, 2014, 07:54:05 AM »
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No amount of how-to information is going to work if you have the wrong mindset, the wrong guiding philosophies. Avoid losers like the plague, and gather with and learn from winners only.

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Re: French help
«Reply #3 on: April 18, 2014, 08:23:51 AM »
More context is needed to answer this question correctly. I think that in some cases, it could also be translated as "with" or "to" or with an English "ing"-form of the verb in question. Examples:
J'ai fini de manger = I have finished eating.
Il décida de construire une maison. He decided to build a house.

There is also an expression "venir de" which is translated as "X has/have just (done something that is clarified with the rest of the sentence)":
Je viens de manger = I have just eaten. (litt: I've [just] come [back] from eating)
so the first example was a gerund right?
why does the second one need de, is it also a gerund?

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Re: French help
«Reply #4 on: April 18, 2014, 08:36:11 AM »
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No amount of how-to information is going to work if you have the wrong mindset, the wrong guiding philosophies. Avoid losers like the plague, and gather with and learn from winners only.