Preterite - Verb Poder - to be able  

Spanish Grammar Preterite Tense Verb Poder - to be able

The verb poder (to be able) is irregular in the preterite tense. It is a u-stem verb, the stem changes from o to u. The preterite tense endings are: e, iste, o, imos, isteis, ieron

yo pude I was able
pudiste you were able
Ud./él/ella pudo you/he/she was able
nosotros/as pudimos we were able
vosotros/as pudisteis you all were able
Uds./ellos/ellas pudieron you all/they were able

Let's look at some example sentences:

No pude hacer nada.
I couldn't do anything.

Te dije que no pude alcanzarlo.
I told you that I couldn't reach it.

Vi a Luis pero no pude hablar con él.
I saw Luis but I was not able to speak with him.

Sentímos que no pudiste asistir a nuestra reunión.
We were so sorry you couldn't attend our reunion.

No pudimos verle la cara.
We couldn't see her face.

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