Poderse vs poder

ShirleyC1Kwiziq community member

Poderse vs poder

“no se puede concentrar”, why se puede and not puede? 

Thanks, 

Shirley 

Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Shirley

The sentence is "... dice que no se puede concentrar mientras estudia"

Here, that "se" is the reflexive pronoun for "concentrarse" (to concentrate) - to concentrate [on something] is used as a pronominal verb in Spanish. 

With verbal structures using an infinitive, the "se" can be placed at the beginning of the structure: "se puede concentrar" (the way it's used in this text) or could also be placed at the end, stuck to the infinitive: "dice que no puede concentrarse mientras estudia".

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

Poderse vs poder

“no se puede concentrar”, why se puede and not puede? 

Thanks, 

Shirley 

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