French Power Verb POUVOIR

French Power Verb POUVOIR

The verb POUVOIR means CAN or TO BE ABLE TO.  

Using this verb in the conditional tense is a way to speak politely in French.

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Pouvoir:  Present tense conjugation

Je peux

I can

Nous pouvons

We can

Tu peux

You can

Vous pouvez

You can

Il – Elle – On peut

He – She – One can
*ON PEUT also means WE CAN

Ils – Elles peuvent

They can

Pouvoir:  Conditional tense conjugation

Je pourrais

I could

Nous pourrions

We could

Tu pourrais

You could

Vous pourriez

You could

Il – Elle – On pourrait

He – She – One could

Ils – Elles pourraient

They could



Je peux manger. I can eat.
Je ne peux pas manger. I can’t eat.
Je pourrais manger. I could eat.
Je ne pourrais pas manger. I would not be able to eat.


Tu peux voyager. You can travel.
Tu ne peux pas voyager. You can’t travel.
Tu pourrais voyager. You could travel.
Tu ne pourrais pas voyager. You would not be able to travel.

Il / Elle / On

Il peut travailler. He can work.
Il ne peut pas travailler. He can’t work.
Il pourrait travailler. He would be able to work.
Il ne pourrait pas travailler. He would not be able to work.


Nous pouvons dormir. We can sleep.
Nous ne pouvons pas dormir. We can’t sleep.
Nous pourrions dormir. We would be able to sleep.
Nous ne pourrions pas dormir. We would not be able to sleep.


Vous pouvez choisir. You can choose.
Vous ne pouvez pas choisir. You can’t choose.
Vous pourriez choisir. You would be able to choose.
Vous ne pourriez pas choisir. You would not be able to choose.

Ils / Elles

Ils peuvent gagner. They can win.
Ils ne peuvent pas gagner. They can’t win.
Ils pourraient gagner. They could win.
Ils ne pourraient pas gagner. They would not be able to win.

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