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** The Power of 'Poder' **

*Part 1: Using 'Poder' with Infinitives*

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As a verb, /poder/ means "to be able"; in its conjugated forms it is
frequently translated as "can" or "could." But partly because the English
"could" can refer to the past, present or future, and partly because the
preterite and conditional tenses of /poder/ are often interchangeable, the
use of /poder/ isn't always straightforward.

Like its English counterparts "can" and "could," /poder/ functions as an
auxiliary verb, although in Spanish it is followed by an infinitive. With a
few exceptions, most of which don't have counterparts in English, it can't
stand alone.

Here are the various ways /poder/ is used:

*In the present tense to mean "can" or "may":* The present-tense forms of
/poder/ indicate the ability, either physical ability or having permission,
to do something. It is distinguished from /saber/, which means "to know
how." Thus, while one may ask,/ ¿Puedes tocar el piano hoy?/ ("Can you
play the


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