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- On December 27, 2016
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French is a difficult language but once you get to know the most common and useful verbs, it becomes a real piece of cake to master the basics!
One of these verbs is the verb… POUVOIR.
The verb ”POUVOIR” is used a lot in French and can be translated in English by:
- to be able to
- to can
- to be allowed to
- to manage to
The particularity with this verb is that is it an irregular (which means tricky conjugation), but above all: it is a powerful verb!
It will make you able to say what you can do and to ask someone to do something for you!
Asking someone to do something:
Peux-tu faire les courses? -> Can you do the grocery shopping?
Pouvez-vous me donner le pain? -> Can you give me the bread?
Saying what you can/cannot do:
Je peux vous aider. -> I can help you.
Ma soeur peut t’apprendre le francais. -> My
sister can learn to you French.
Ma fille ne peut pas sortir ce soir. -> My daugher cannot go out tonight.
Then, the verb POUVOIR is also present in a few French expressions, check these ones:
Je n’en peux plus. -> I can’t do it anymore.
Je n’y peux rien. -> It’s not my fault.
Once you get the verb POUVOIR in mind, it becomes really easy to build basic but powerful sentences! Leave us a comment using this verb 🙂
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