Is the point of this lesson that the conditional of pouvoir is used to express possibility?

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

10 January 2017

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Is the point of this lesson that the conditional of pouvoir is used to express possibility?

Is the point of this lesson that the conditional of pouvoir is used to express possibility? I don't grasp the difference between "pouvez-vous m'aider" and "pourriez-vous m'aider", or would you just not say the first one?

This relates to:
Conjugate pouvoir in Le Conditionnel Présent = could (conditional mood) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 January 2017

13/01/17

Bonjour Kevin ! "Pouvez-vous m'aider ?" means "Can you help me?", whereas "Pourriez-vous m'aider ?" means "Could you help me?" Just like in English, both forms are correct, but the second one is more polite, as the use of the conditional makes it a bit less direct. I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

13 January 2017

13/01/17

Ah, thank you--very helpful!

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