To be able - poder  

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Poder means to be able to or can.
Poder is an irregular verb.
The o changes to ue in all forms except nosotros and vosotros.

yo puedo I can
puedes you can
Ud./él/ella puede you/he/she can
nosotros/as podemos we can
vosotros/as podéis you all can
Uds./ellos/ellas pueden you all/they can

No puedo ver.
       I'm not able to see.
           (I can't see.)
Tú puedes abrir la ventana.
       You can open the window.
       (You are able to open the window.)
Por ahora, no puede.
       For now, he/she can't.
       (For now, he/she isn't able to.)
Nosotros podemos tomar el bus.
       We can take the bus.
Los hombres pueden escribir.
       The men can write.


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