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


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


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?


Q&A Forum 2 questions, 4 answers

"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" ?
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

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).

AurélieKwiziq language super star
Chris is correct here : To park = "se garer" (literally: to park oneself)
Merci beaucoup!

"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" ?

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

Asked 1 year ago
GruffKwiziq language super star
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.

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

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