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Conjugate poder in El Presente (present tense)

Poder (to be able to / can) is irregular in El Presente:

yo puedo
puedes
él / ella / Ud. 
puede
nosotros / nosotras 
podemos
vosotros / vosotras 
podéis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   
pueden

Notice how the stem of all forms changes from -o- to -ue-, except nosotros and vosotros. The endings are the same as regular -er verbs: Conjugate regular -er verbs in El Presente (present tense).


Look at and listen to these examples:

Yo puedo nadar.I can swim.

¿Puedes venir a casa a las cinco?Can you come home at five?

Helena puede ir al viaje.Helena can go on the trip.

Nosotros podemos salir antes del trabajo hoy.We can leave early from work today.

¿Vosotros podéis ir al teatro este fin de semana?Can you go to the theatre this weekend?

Ustedes pueden entrar ya.You can enter now.

See also:

Conjugate stem-changing -er verbs (o > ue) in El Presente (present tense)

List of common Spanish Stem-changing Verbs: present tense (o > ue)

Conjugate regular -er verbs in El Presente (present tense)

 

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Examples and resources

¿Puedes venir a casa a las cinco?Can you come home at five?
¿Vosotros podéis ir al teatro este fin de semana?Can you go to the theatre this weekend?
Yo puedo nadar.I can swim.
Nosotros podemos salir antes del trabajo hoy.We can leave early from work today.
Ustedes pueden entrar ya.You can enter now.
Helena puede ir al viaje.Helena can go on the trip.

Q&A Forum 2 questions, 2 answers

JerryA1Kwiziq community member

Why ustedes when using 'you '

Can you wait at the door?

Ustedes pueden .....etc 

Why ustedes, ustedes = they 

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Jerry

Ustedes is used as a you formal (usted = you singular formal, ustedes = you plural formal). But the verb going with this pronoun is conjugated in the 3rd person plural, like "they", so you can have:

Vosotros podéis...  or   Ustedes pueden

They are both referring to a "you plural" but vosotros is "you informal" as in for example "you guys" and ustedes is "you formal" as in for example "you sirs".

I hope this clarified it.

Saludos

Inma

Why ustedes when using 'you '

Can you wait at the door?

Ustedes pueden .....etc 

Why ustedes, ustedes = they 

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SamA2Kwiziq community member

not a question...

Hola! Sorry, not a question - but I just wanted to say I noticed a typo at the top, in the first sentence right after the first chart. It says "nosostros" instead of "nosotros". Thanks, I wasn't sure where to put this comment!

Asked 8 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

¡Muchas gracias Sam!

Typo corrected.

Inma

not a question...

Hola! Sorry, not a question - but I just wanted to say I noticed a typo at the top, in the first sentence right after the first chart. It says "nosostros" instead of "nosotros". Thanks, I wasn't sure where to put this comment!

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