Use of the infinitive for the imperative

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Kwiziq community member

17 March 2019

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Use of the infinitive for the imperative

Bonjour à tous et à toutes,

Is the infinitive still used for commands, and if so when ?

I mostly see the vous form of the indicative for commands. 


Kwiziq language super star

24 March 2019


Hi Jean,

It depends what you are trying to say.

For general advice or in a set of instructions ( which apply to everyone) you will use the infinitive - 

Ne pas oublier de se laver les mains en sortant des toilettes = Dont forget to wash your  hands after you’ve been to the toilet

Ne pas se pencher par la fenêtre = Do not lean out of the window

Prendre le billet au guichet svp = Take your ticket at the counter please

But if you are making a direct command to someone it will be the imperative.

Hope this helps!




Kwiziq community member

1 April 2019


Merci, c'est clair maintenant !

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