One French Word A Day – Spring 2022

Day 26 – pouvoir

The Learning French 100 Day Project – Thursday, April 14, 2022

I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days (all of Spring 2022), I’ll focus daily on a French word and use it in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!


pouvoir (auxiliary/impersonal/transitive verb) : to be able to


Paul pourrait nager s’il prenait des cours. (Paul could swim if he took lessons.)
La politique pourrait devenir l’art du possible.
(Politics coud become the art of the possible.)
Paul pourrait l’acheter s’il n’était pas pauvre.
(Paul could buy it if he was not poor.)

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