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French verb + à + infinitive

I found that combination "(se) jouer à (plus infinitif)" is a valid combination, but I am not sure what it means and couldn't find an example on the internet. Could you please assist?

Let's take the sentence: "Je me joue à faire du shopping." Does it simply mean that doing shopping is fun for me?

Best regards,

May 22, 2020 4:13 PM
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Hello Ilias,

Very well, it must have been a mistake in the book :-}

Thank you for your insight on that!

Kind regards,

May 23, 2020
Hi Bartłomiej,

I have checked again on the internet to maybe find a example, but I indeed found nothing. You can say "se jouer de quelque chose" or "se jouer de quelqu'un," or even "se jouer à" (when talking about sports for instance), but "se jouer à + infinitif" doesn't seem to make sense. And even if there was an example of it, it wouldn't be worth using it.
It's good that you pointed out the issue, but in this case, it is safe to say you can simply forget about it.
May 23, 2020
Il s’est joué de moi. (Il s’est foutu de moi)
May 23, 2020

I found it in a book on French grammar. In the section on preposition, the author grouped verbs into three baskets, depending on how they are connected to an infinitive nearby:

  1. Verb + "de" + infinitif (for example: charger, choisir, décider, etc.)
  2. Verb + "à" + infinitif (for example: aider, apprendre, réussir, etc.)
  3. Verb + infinitif (for example: aimer, croire, désirer, savoir, etc.)

The reflexive verb "se jouer" was in the second category but I was not sure about the meaning of such sentence and that's where my question came from.

May 22, 2020
Do you mind sharing where did you find that such construction was valid? I might be wrong but I have simply never heard it before, and even if it was correct, it would sound a bit weird.
I think you would be better off with other expressions/constructions.
May 22, 2020
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