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    FR: a mission to film Ethiopian baboons

    Bonjour!
    Can anyone be so kind as to provide me with the correct answer for the following sentence?

    Ils étaient sur le point de partir pour une mission de trois mois pour/de filmer des babouins éthiopien.

    Merci why would one be more appropriate then another?

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    Re: de tourner/pour tourner?

    pour filmer des babouins éthiopiens."
    ou "...... des babouins en Ethiopie."
    ou "... l
    es babouins d'Ethiopie."

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    Re: de tourner/pour tourner?

    Thank you for the quick and helpful reply

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    Re: FR: a mission to film Ethiopian baboons

    "To film" could expresses a purpose following a verb or act as an adjective complement to "a mission" (a filming mission, a filming project).

    1) Remember that to following a verb and expressing a purpose or goal (in order to) is always pour or afin de + infinitive; de alone never means "in order to".
    In your sentence corrected by janpol, you can omit on a mission and pour filmer is the logical complement of the verb partir (they were about to leave to film Ethiopian baboons)

    2) If you want to say that their mission was to film baboons, you may use "[avoir [pour]] mission de + infinitive".
    Suggestions :
    Ils étaient sur le point de partir en Ethiopie avec pour mission de filmer des babouins.(if they intend to film the Ethiopian baboons on location )
    " " " avec la mission de filmer des baboins.
    " " " avec pour projet de filmer des ...
    " " " dans l'intention de filmer des ...


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