can you omit 'pour' ?

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2018

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can you omit 'pour' ?

Just to be clear, in expressions like : 'Je vais au cinéma pour voir un film' ... presumably this implies that it is wrong to just say 'Je vais au cinéma voir un film'

This question relates to:
French lesson "Pour + infinitive = In order to"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 July 2018

5/07/18

He Stewart,

yes, in these cases you can't do without "pour".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

5 July 2018

5/07/18

Thanks Chris, I'm now OK with this.

Alan

Kwiziq community member

5 July 2018

5/07/18

I'm not a native speaker either, but I would have given you the opposite answer. I think pour is only used to stress the purpose, it can be omitted.

There's a song by Boris Vian with the line:

J'vais au cinéma voir des films suédois


Stewart

Kwiziq community member

5 July 2018

5/07/18

Hi Alan, Thanks for your input ... is there someone else out there who can further clarify this point please?

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