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French Verb Seek

The continuous -er French verb chercher generally method "to watch for" miscellaneous or "to try to" carry out something.

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Chercher + noun = come look for, find for, seek

Elle cherche un emploi à plein temps.She’s looking for a full time job.
Je cherche mon livre de français.I’m trying to find my French book.

 When chercher is followed by a noun, the idea of the objective is constructed right right into the verb, so the is never followed by the preposition "pour."

However, once chercher is adhered to by an infinitive, the preposition à is required in between the two verbs.

Chercher à + prototype = to try, attempt to

Il cherche à finir avant midi. He’s trying to finish prior to noon.
Nous cherchons à battre le document du monde.We’re attempting to rest the civilization record.

Chercher + noun / pronoun + qui + verb

The verb chercher is inexplicable in the it can be adhered to by three various verb moods in order come express three different nuances.

1. Indicative mood: expresses certainty the the human or thing exists.

Il cherche quelqu’un qui a vu l’accident.He’s looking for someone who saw the accident.(He to know there’s a witness)
Je cherche une salle qui est disponible.I’m in search of an easily accessible room.(I understand there is one.)

2. Goodbye mood: suggests that the speak doesn’t understand that the human or point exists or, alternatively, even if it is s/he / it have the right to be found.

Il cherche quelqu’un qui ait vu l’accident.He’s searching for someone who saw the accident.(He doesn’t understand if there’s a witness.)
Je cherche une salle qui soit disponible.I’m looking for an obtainable room.(There may or might not be one.)

Note the these the nuance is clear in French many thanks to the verb mood, conversely, the English translations are identical and also need additional information to do the difference clear.

3. Conditional mood: expresses hope the the human being or thing exists and also that s/he / it deserve to be found.

Il cherche quelqu’un qui aurait vu l’accident.He’s looking for someone that saw the accident.

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(He’s hope there’s a witness.)
Je cherche une salle qui serait disponible.I’m in search of an obtainable room.(I hope ns can uncover one.)

Cherher in idiom expressions

Chercher is also found in numerous idiomatic expressions, including