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Conjugate pouvoir in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb "pouvoir" ('can / be able to') is irregular in Le Présent tense:

 

je peux I can
tu peux You can(one person you know well)
il/elle/on peut He/She/We/one/people can
   
nous pouvons We can
vous pouvez You can(more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles peuvent They can

 

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Examples and resources

Vous pouvez vous garer ici.
You can park here.


Oui, il peut venir ce soir.
Yes, he can come tonight.


Je peux avoir de l'eau?
Can I have some water?



Elles peuvent mettre la table.
They can lay the table.


Micro kwiz: Conjugate pouvoir in Le Présent (present tense)
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Q&A

Bhupinder

Kwiziq community member

17 November 2017

3 replies

"Vous pouvez vous garer ici."

In this sentence, why do we use the subject "Vous" twice? Is it incorrect to write it as "Vous pouvez garer ici" ?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

17 November 2017

17/11/17

You use "vous" twice because "se garer" is a reflexive verb.


The first "vous" is the subject and the second "vous" is the reflexive pronoun, literally:
You can park yourself here.


In French there exists a lot of reflexive verbs and some verbs which can be used either in a reflexive or a "standard" way.


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 November 2017

17/11/17

Chris is correct here :

To park = "se garer" (literally: to park oneself)

Bhupinder

Kwiziq community member

17 November 2017

17/11/17

Merci beaucoup!

Jose

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2017

1 reply

On peut dire aussi "Je puis", je crois. Mais c'est pas accepté dans les quiz. Pourquoi?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

30 September 2017

30/09/17

Hi Jose - "Je puis" is an archaic form that is almost never used except in very formal situations (mostly written). You would use "Puis-je ... ?" as a question, but in almost all cases "Je peux ..." is the correct way to say "I can". In the context of the sentences in the kwizzes, "Je puis" isn't really correct because it would sound strange.
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