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Conjugate pouvoir in Le Conditionnel Présent = could (conditional mood)

Le Conditionnel Présent of pouvoir (could):

 

Je pourrais certainement obtenir un rendez-vous.
I could certainly get an appointment.

Pourrais-tu me passer le sel?
Could you pass me the salt?

Il pourrait aller à l'université s'il le voulait.
He could go to university if he wanted to.

Nous pourrions manger chinois pour changer.
We could eat Chinese for a change.

Pourriez-vous l'épeler pour moi, s'il-vous-plaît?
Could you spell it for me, please?

Ils pourraient gagner cette année.
They could win this year.

 
It is based on the irregular future form of the verb: pourr-, to which we add the endings of the Imparfait-ais, -ais, -ait, -ions, -iez, -aient
 

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Il pourrait aller à l'université s'il le voulait.
He could go to university if he wanted to.



Pourrais-tu me passer le sel?
Could you pass me the salt?


Ils pourraient gagner cette année.
They could win this year.


Je pourrais certainement obtenir un rendez-vous.
I could certainly get an appointment.


Pourriez-vous l'épeler pour moi, s'il-vous-plaît?
Could you spell it for me, please?


Nous pourrions manger chinois pour changer.
We could eat Chinese for a change.


Q&A

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

10 January 2017

2 replies

Is the point of this lesson that the conditional of pouvoir is used to express possibility?

Is the point of this lesson that the conditional of pouvoir is used to express possibility? I don't grasp the difference between "pouvez-vous m'aider" and "pourriez-vous m'aider", or would you just not say the first one?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 January 2017

13/01/17

Bonjour Kevin !

"Pouvez-vous m'aider ?" means "Can you help me?", whereas
"Pourriez-vous m'aider ?" means "Could you help me?"

Just like in English, both forms are correct, but the second one is more polite, as the use of the conditional makes it a bit less direct.

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Kevin

Kwiziq community member

13 January 2017

13/01/17

Ah, thank you--very helpful!

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