Lesson 14 - The Spanish Irregular Verb Poder - to be able to

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Time to learn another very handy verb! The Spanish verb Poder, which is another irregular verb. Poder means “can or to be able to.”

Poder being an irregular verb, means it’s not conjugated the normal way, rather, there is a stem-change: o –> ue (except with nosotros)

Here is how to conjugated Poder:

Yo puedo (I can, or I am able to …)
puedes (You can…)
Él/Ella/Usted puede (He/She/You can …)
Nosotros podamos (We can)
Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes pueden (They/You can …)
Now, including this lesson, you should now know how to conjugate the Spanish verbs: Ir, Tener and Poder. These are all great connector verbs, which you can use to expand your communications in Spanish.

With Poder, you can now express all the things you can or cannot do. For example:

Yo puedo correr rápido. (I can run fast).
No puedes comer mucho. (You can’t eat a lot).
Él puede patinar, bailar y concinar. (He can skate, dance and cook).

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2 Responses to “Lesson 14 - The Spanish Irregular Verb Poder - to be able to”

  1. David says:

    I just wanted to call your attention to a typo in this post- ‘puedan’ should be ‘pueden’. I’m pretty sure you’re not conjugating this in the subjunctive. :)

    –David.

  2. sonny says:

    Nice catch! Gracias!

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