Spanish Verb poder: to be able is poder

The Spanish for can, be able is the irregular Spanish verb poder.
Imagine you can wear a POD of peas in your HAIR!

Poder is an irregular -ER verb, and one of the ten most important verbs in Spanish. It has a few little quirky conjugations - like most of the most important verbs. It is a unique verb in its conjugations, no other verb conjugates in the same way, so learn it thoroughly.
Poder is used differently from saber - which means to know how (to do something), ie:
  • indicates ability or permission to do something
  • used to make requests - may I?, can I? could I?
  • used to make suggestions - could, might
  • Preterit is usually used to show what could have happened in the past.
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           to have, be able: poder
Imagine you can wear a POD of peas in your HAIR!
Simple Tenses - Spanish Verb poder
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

can, be able
puedo puedes puede podemos podéis pueden

could, was able
podía podías podía podíamos podíais podían

could, was able
pude pudiste pudo pudimos pudisteis pudieron

will be able
podré podrás podrá podremos podréis podrán

would have, be able
podría podrías podría podríamos podríais podrían

may have, be able
pueda puedas pueda puedamos puedáis puedan
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may have, be able
pudiera pudieras pudiera pudieramos pudieráis pudieran
pudiese pudieses pudiese pudiésemos pudieséis pudiesen
Imperatives   Spanish Verb poder

puede! pueda! podamos! poded! puedan!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

no puedas! no pueda! no podamos! no podáis! no puedan!
Compound Tenses of the Spanish Verb poder  Past Participle: podido
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have been able
he podido has podido ha podido hemos podido habéis podido han podido
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had been able
hube podido hubiste podido hubo podido hubimos podido hubisteis podido hubieron podido
Past Perfect

had have been able
había podido habías podido había podido habíamos podido habíais podido habían podido
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have been able
haya podido hayas podido haya podido hayamos podido hayáis podido hayan podido
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have been able
habré podido habrás podido habrá podido habremos podido habréis podido habrán podido
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have been able
habría podido habrías podido habría podido habríamos podido habríais podido habrían podido

may have been able
hubiera podido hubieras podido hubiera podido hubiéramos podido hubierais podido hubieran podido
hubiese podido hubieses podido hubiese podido hubiésemos podido hubieseis podido hubiesen podido
Progressive Tenses poder  Present Participle: pudiendo
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am (being) able
estoy pudiendo estás pudiendo está pudiendo estamos pudiendo está pudiendo están pudiendo
Preterit Progressive

was able
estuve pudiendo estuviste pudiendo estuvo pudiendo estuvimos pudiendo estuvisteis pudiendo estuvieron pudiendo
Imperfect Progressive

had been able
estaba pudiendo estabas pudiendo estaba pudiendo estábamos pudiendo estabais pudiendo estaban pudiendo
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be able
estaré pudiendo estarás pudiendo estará pudiendo estaremos pudiendo estaréis pudiendo estarán pudiendo
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would have been able
estaría pudiendo estarías pudiendo estabría pudiendo estaríamos pudiendo estaríais pudiendo estarían pudiendo
Subjunctive Progressive

may have been able
que ~ pudiendo que ~ pudiendo que ~ pudiendo que ~ pudiendo que ~ pudiendo que ~ pudiendo
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Spanish verb poder poder con : To manage with.
a más no poder : as much as is possible.
¿Se puede? : May I?

Spanish for can =poder No puede ser. / No pudo ser.It can't be / It wasn't (possible).
Sí puede ser / a puede ser : If possible.
Puede que sí, puede que no. : Maybe, maybe not.

Spanish for can =poder el poder  (nm) : power / poderoso  (adj) : powerful.
tomar/estar en el poder  : to seize / be in power.
poder absoluto/ejecutivo : absolute / executive power.


  • The Spanish verb for have poder is an irregular ER verb, so you need to learn the conjugation.
  • Learn to conjugate poder and reinforce the pattern.
  • Do a series of other ER verbs every day for a month and you will have a solid knowledge of the ER verbs' conjugation patterns. Keep doing them with a new one every day from the Spanish Verbs List.
  • The same applies to the various patterns. Each month we feature a daily verb from one of the major pattern groups.
  • Repeating these tables aloud 10 times throughout the day will better embed the patterns into your subconscious, and your long term memory.
  • Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations.

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