FRENCH VERB POUVOIR
The French verb pouvoir means to be able to:|
Je peux me le permettre.
I can afford it.
Je peux courir 5 km sans m’arrêter.
I can run 3 miles without a break.
Je n’en peux plus ! Il faut que j’aille me coucher.
I’ve had it! I have to go to bed.
Je ne peux pas le croire !
I can’t believe it!
The French verb pouvoir can also mean to be allowed to:|
Tu ne peux pas faire ça, c’est interdit !
You can’t do that, it’s forbidden!
Depuis 2006, on ne peut plus fumer dans les restaurants en France.
Since 2006 in France, one can no longer smoke in restaurants.
Pouvoir can also be used as an impersonal verb:|
Il se peut que tu aies raison.
You may be right.
Relis-toi encore une fois, il peut y avoir des fautes.
Read it again, there might be mistakes left.
Pouvoir can also be used as a noun:|
Batman est le seul super-héros qui n’ait pas de pouvoirs.
Batman is the only superhero without any powers.
Les français se battent pour leur pouvoir d’achat.
French people are fighting for their purchasing power.
LEARNING TO CONJUGATE POUVOIR
FRENCH FOR ABLE TO, CAN
- The French verb for see pouvoir is an irregular verb from the 3rd group.
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- Learn to conjugate the important verb pouvoir by reciting verb table above along the rows, then down the columns.
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- Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations. Ensure that you do some from memory.
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