These specific auxiliary verbs are used to express:
- Obligation: Deber (must) + infinitive
- Possibility: Poder (can) + infinitive
- Intention: Querer (want to) + infinitive
Take a look at these examples:
Debo estudiar para el examen.I must study for the exam.
Podemos jugar al fútbol hoy.We can play football today.
Quieren ir al cine el próximo sábado.They want to go to the cinema next Saturday.
Debemos ir al supermercado.We must go to the supermarket.
Mi madre debe pagar las facturas de la casa.My mother must pay the household bills.
Quiero aprender a cocinar.I want to learn how to cook.
Ustedes pueden usar la puerta principal.You can use the main entrance.
Note that to say must / can / want to in Spanish, you use:
Auxiliary verb (deber, poder, querer) + other verb in the infinitive
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