Preterite Tense - Verb Poder  

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

Sentences using poder in the preterite tense

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.

Preterite sentences with pude
Preterite sentences with pudiste
Preterite sentences with pudo
Preterite sentences with pudimos
Preterite sentences with pudieron

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