Verbs with pour

French verbs requiring a preposition

French verbs with prepositions
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A number of French verbs require the preposition pour in front of a noun or infinitive.

acheter pour (quelqu’un) to buy for (someone)
compter pour to be worth
condamner pour (vol, meurtre) to sentence for (theft, murder)
craindre pour (sa vie) to fear for (one’s life)
creuser pour to dig for
ĂȘtre cĂ©lĂšbre pour + noun to be famous for
ĂȘtre pour to be in favor of
laisser pour (mort) to leave for (dead)
parler pour to speak on behalf of
partir pour to leave for/be off to
payer pour (quelqu’un) to pay for (someone)
se pencher pour to bend down in order to
prendre (quelqu’un) pour + noun to take (someone) for (a child…)
quĂȘter pour (les orphelins) to collect for (orphans)
remercier pour + noun to thank for (the book…)
signer pour (quelqu’un) to sign on behalf of (someone)
tĂ©lĂ©phoner pour (le problĂšme) to phone about (the problem)
travailler pour to work for
voter pour to vote for

 Note that the French verb chercher means “to look for” – it cannot be followed by the preposition pour.

Qu’est-ce que tu cherches ? What are you looking for?
Je cherche mes clĂ©s. I’m looking for my keys.

Pour can also used in front of just about any verb to indicate purpose or reason, either in the infinitive (meaning "in order to" or "for doing") …

Je l’ai fait pour t’aider. I did it (in order) to help you.
Je suis ici pour apprendre. I’m here to learn.
Je ne le dis pas pour vous blesser.  I’m not saying it to hurt you.
Je te remercie pour m’aider. I thank you for helping me.

… or in the past infinitive (meaning "for having done"):

Je te remercie pour avoir assistĂ© Ă  la confĂ©rence. I thank you for having attended the conference.
Il doit ĂȘtre puni pour ĂȘtre arrivĂ© si en retard. He must be punished for having arrived so late.

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French verbs with pour

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