Pouvoir Conjugation in the Present Tense [+9 Examples & Quiz]

pouvoir conjugation in the present tense

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In this French grammar lesson, you will learn about pouvoir conjugation in the present tense.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how pouvoir is conjugated in French
  • how pouvoir is used in French
  • how pouvoir is pronounced in French
  • how pouvoir is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on pouvoir conjugation in the present tense
  • how to practice with flashcards on pouvoir conjugation in the present tense
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about pouvoir conjugation in the present tense!

Table of Contents

Pouvoir Conjugation in the Present Tense

jepeux
tupeux
il/elle/onpeut
nouspouvons
vouspouvez
ils/ellespeuvent

Usage of Pouvoir

This section on pouvoir conjugation in the present tense will show you how pouvoir is used in French.

Pouvoir means “to be able to/can” and is an irregular verb,

Pouvoir is used if you want to state that you are able to do something. This is also how “to be able to/can” is used in English.

Je peux parler français.

I can speak French.

Please note that if two verbs are placed next to each other, the first will be conjugated, and the second will be the full verb (infinitive).

Pronunciation of Pouvoir Conjugations

In this section on pouvoir conjugation in the present tense we will focus on pronunciation.

There are 2 important rules to take into account when you want to pronounce a pouvoir conjugation in the present tense.

  1. The je, tu, and il/elle/on verb forms all have the same pronunciation. The -x andt endings are not pronounced. It is just the “peu” part that gets pronounced.

Je peux

Tu peux

Il peut

These verbs are pronounced in the same exact way.

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

  1. In the ils/elles verb form, you don’t pronounce the -ent ending. It is just the “peuv” part that gets pronounced.

Ils peuvent

The last letter that is pronounced is the “v“.

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

Example Sentences with Pouvoir Conjugations

The final section of this lesson on pouvoir conjugation in the present tense is about seeing pouvoir in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of pouvoir conjugation in the present tense through examples.

Je peux avoir de l’eau?

Can I have some water?

Je peux vous attendre.

I can wait for you.

Je peux parler français.

I can speak French.

Tu peux aider.

You can help.

Elle peut partir demain.

She can leave tomorrow.

Nous pouvons encore gagner.

We can still win.

Vous pouvez marcher ou courir.

You can walk or run.

Vous pouvez refuser.

You can refuse.

Ils peuvent surmonter leur peur.

They can overcome their fear.

Quiz Yourself on Pouvoir Conjugation in the Present Tense

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Conjugate: PouvoirJe parler français. [I can speak French.]
Conjugate: PouvoirTu aider. [You can help.]
Conjugate: PouvoirNous encore gagner. [We can still win.]
Conjugate: PouvoirVous refuser. [You can refuse.]
Conjugate: PouvoirIls surmonter leur peur. [They can overcome their fear.]

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