Grammar / Verbs in the infinitive form

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Verbs in the infinitive form


We use verbs in the infinitive form to give instructions (recipes, user guides...).

Infinitives ending in -er
Many verbs in the infinitive end in -er (= regular verbs).
Examples:

assaisonner, ajouter des pâtes, laisser cuire 7 minutes, couper en deux...


Infinitives ending in -re, -ir
Some verbs in the infinitive end in -re, -ir, -oir.
Examples:

faire cuire, battre doucement, mettre au four, sortir le beurre...

Please note that in order to personalise instructions, you use the imperative form (see the Grammar / The imperative form help section).
Mettez le sucre dans le bol !
Ajoutez un peu d'eau !