Pouvoir Conjugation in the Passé Composé

pouvoir conjugation in the passé composé

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

Pouvoir means “to be able to/can” and is a irregular verb.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how pouvoir is conjugated in French,
  • how pouvoir in the passé composé 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 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 passé composé.

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Pouvoir Conjugation in the Passé Composé

j’aipu
tuaspu
il/elle/onaspu
nousavonspu
vousavezpu
ils/ellesontpu

Usage of Pouvoir Conjugation in the Passé Composé

This section on pouvoir conjugation in the passé composé will show you what pouvoir means in the passé composé.

There are 3 general usages for pouvoir in the passé composé

  1. Could

J’ai pu tout entendre.

I could hear everything.

  1. Managed to

Tu as pu dormir ?

Did you manage to sleep?

  1. Succeeded in

Elle a pu ouvrir la boîte.

She succeeded in opening the box.

Pronunciation of Pouvoir Conjugations

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

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

  1. The particip passé is pronounced in the same way for all the verbs. The last letter that you will hear is the u.

J’ai pu

Tu as pu

Il a pu

Nous avons pu

Vous avez pu

Ils ont pu

As you can see particip passé has the same pronuncuation in every phrase.

Example Sentences with Pouvoir Conjugation in the Passé Composé

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

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

J’ai pu tout entendre.

I could hear everything.

Tu as pu dormir ?

Did you manage to sleep?

Elle a pu ouvrir la boîte.

She succeeded in opening the box.

Nous avons fait tout ce que nous avons pu.

We did everything we could.

Vous n’avez jamais pu garder un secret.

You never could keep a secret.

Ils n’ont pu trouver le problème.

They couldn’t find the problem.

Anki File for Pouvoir Conjugation in the Passé Composé

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 A2 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.

Test Your Knowledge on Pouvoir Conjugation in the Passé Composé

It’s not enough just to read the article on this subject.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter(s). It is up to you to give the correct answer.

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.

Welcome to your |French A2| Verbs| Pouvoir in the Passé Composé| Quiz|

Fill in the Blank!J’ pu tout entendre. [I could hear everything.]
Fill in the Blank!Elle pu ouvrir la boîte. [She succeeded in opening the box.]
Fill in the Blank!Nous avons fait tout ce que nous avons . [We did everything we could.]
Fill in the Blank!Vous n’ jamais pu garder un secret. [You never could keep a secret.]
Fill in the Blank!Ils n’ont trouver le problème. [They couldn’t find the problem.]
Fill in the Blank! as pu dormir ? [Did you manage to sleep?]
 

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