Pouvoir Conjugation in the Imparfait [+6 Examples]

pouvoir conjugation in the imparfait

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

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 pronounced in French,
  • how pouvoir is used in sentences in French,
  • how pouvoir conjugation Anki files can be downloaded.

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar if you are curious about how pouvoir fits in French A2 grammar.

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

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Pouvoir Conjugation in the Imparfait


Pronunciation of Pouvoir Conjugations

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

There is 1 important rule to take into account when we want to pronounce a pouvoir conjugation in the imparfait.

  1. The jetuil/elle/on, and ils/elles form all have the same pronunciation. It is just the pouvai part that gets pronounced.

Je pouvais

Tu pouvais

Il pouvait

Ils pouvaient

All these VERBS have the same exact pronunciation

Example Sentences with Pouvoir Conjugations

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

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

Je pensais vraiment que je pouvais le faire.

I really thought I could do it.

Tu pouvais venir vivre avec moi.

You could come and live with me.

Tout le monde savait qu’elle pouvait parler très bien anglais.

Everybody knew she could speak English well.

Quand j’étais jeune, nous pouvions nager dans la rivière.

When I was young, we could swim in the river.

Vous pouviez compter jusqu’à dix lorsque vous étiez deux.

You could count to ten when you were two.

Elles ne pouvaient pas nous aider.

They couldn’t help us.

Anki File for Pouvoir Conjugation in the Imparfait

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

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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