The use of the verb pouvoir

The use of the verb pouvoir - May express obligation when...

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The use of the verb  pouvoir:   May express ability or success or the lack thereof   Je peux cuisiner.  (I can cook.)  Il n'a pas pu réussir.  (He couldn't succeed  or  He wasn't able to succeed.)  Pourras-tu conduire?  (Will you be able to drive?)  May express possibility or permissibility   Est-ce que je peux y aller?  (May I go there?  or  Am I allowed to go there?)  Puis-je aller au cinéma?  (May I go to the movies?)  Il peut le faire maintenant.  (He may be able to do it now.)  May express a suggestion   Je pourrais venir te chercher . (I could come pick you up.) 
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Unformatted text preview: May express obligation when an infinitive is negated Tu peux ne pas venir. (You don't need to come or You aren't obligated to come.) Expresses might or could in the conditional Je pourrais l'aider. (I could help him [her] or I might help him [her].) Can be idiomatic n'en pouvoir plus (to be exhausted) Je n'en peux plus. (I'm exhausted.) n'y pouvoir rien (to be unable to do something about it) On n'y peut rien. (It can't be helped.) Je n'y peux rien. (I can't do anything about it.)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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