Pouvoir Conjugation in the Present Tense (Le Présent)

pouvoir conjugation in the present tense

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

Pouvoir which means “to be able to/can” is an irregular verb, and one of the most important verbs in the French language. Therefore it warrants its own lesson.

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 pouvoir conjugation Anki files can be downloaded.

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

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.

The verb pouvoir means “to be able/can”.

Pouvoir in the Present Tense is used when one wants to state if one is able to do something/has the capability to do something.

Je peux parler français.

I can speak French.

Please note than in French 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 rule to take into account when we want to pronounce a pouvoir conjugation in the present tense.

  1. The je, tu, and il/elle/on form all have the same pronunciation. The x, x, and t are not pronounced.

Je peux

Tu peux

Il peut

All these VERBS have the same exact pronunciation

  1. In the ils/elles form one does not pronounce the ent.

Ils peuvent

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

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 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 refuser.

You can refuse.

Ils peuvent surmonter leur peur.

They can overcome their fear.

Anki File for Pouvoir Conjugation in the Present Tense

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Verbs. This only has the verbs for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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