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Thread: FR: looking inside

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    FR: looking inside

    I am referring to looking inside a room from the doorway. My question is whether I need the preposition "à".
    "... regardant l'intérieur." ???
    "... regardant à l'intérieur." ???
    I don't want to say "inside the room" because I use room in the next sentence.
    Thanks.

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    Re: looking inside

    Yes, you need the preposition à: regardant à l'intérieur

    Note that regardant l'interieur would mean "looking the inside".

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    Re: FR: looking inside

    I asked this question because I saw "regarder à l'extérieur" on this site; but one of my french textbooks states that regarder does not take a preposition before a noun object and that regarder = to look at. Can you help me to understand this? Thank you so much.

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    Re: FR: looking inside

    That's because in 'look inside' and 'look outisde', inside and outside are not nouns, they are adverbs indicating where you are looking.
    It's the same in French. L'intérieur and l'extérieur are nouns, but the adverbs would be "à l'intérieur" and "à l'extérieur".

    Regarder l'extérieur would be 'to look at THE outside'. Regarder à l'extérieur : to look outside. You could replace it with another adverb : regarder dehors (dehors = à l'extérieur)

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    Re: FR: looking inside

    Thank you so much for explaining that to me. I was looking at them as nouns because of the l'.

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