In this Spanish grammar lesson, you will learn about the poder imperfect tense conjugation.
In this lesson you will learn about:
- how poder is conjugated in Spanish
- how poder is used in sentences in Spanish
- how you can quiz yourself on the poder imperfect tense conjugation
- how to practice with flashcard on the poder imperfect tense conjugation
- how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn Spanish
By the end of the lesson you will know all about poder (to be able to/can)!
Table of Contents
Poder Imperfect Tense Conjugation Table
As you can see, poder (to be able to/can) is regular in the imperfect tense.
Example Sentences with Poder Imperfect Tense Conjugations
This section of the lesson on the poder imperfect tense conjugation is about seeing the verb in action.
This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of the poder imperfect tense conjugation through examples.
In every sentence, poder is followed by an infinitive (full verb).
In the imperfect, poder is used to express what you could do in the past at some point.
Please note that this does not refer to polite requests. For that you would use the conditional tense.
This is a tense that you will meet in Spanish B1.
Yo podía pasarme toda la noche sin dormir.
I could go all night without sleeping.
Antes no podías correr ni diez metros. ¡Mírate ahora!
You couldn’t run ten metres before – look at you now! [=tú]
Usted podía comprar cualquier cosa con su dinero.
You could buy anything with your money.
Nosotros podíamos ir a la playa cada día, pero ahora que vivimos en Madrid, ya no podemos.
We used to be able to go to the beach every day, but now that we live in Madrid, we can’t anymore.
Vosotros podíais memorizar textos enteros cuando erais más jóvenes.
You could memorise entire texts when you were younger.
Ellos podían ver todo lo que pasaba desde su ventana.
They could see everything that was going on from their window.
Ustedes podían hablar español, ¿verdad?
You could speak Spanish, right?
Quiz Yourself on the Poder Imperfect Conjugation
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!
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