13.14 à force de = by

A force de refers in 99% of the cases to an infinitive. In English we use a substantivated verb for the translation.
  à force de = durch , durch Anstrengung
À force de travailler ensemble ils sont devenus amis.
    By working together they became friends.
  À force de forger, on devient forgeron.
    By forging one becomes a forger.

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