Talk:pouvoir

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How would then a Belgian say I do not know how to sleep? Ferike333 20:41, 30 November 2010 (UTC)

Je ne sais pas comment dormir (IMO). Mglovesfun (talk) 16:56, 28 April 2012 (UTC)

Disputed usage notes[edit]

Pouvoir is not used to mean can in the sense of "to know how to". Use savoir instead.

Not quite true, you can use pouvoir for this. I agree that "je sais nager" and "je peux nager" are not quite synonymous, but pouvoir can mean be able to in the sense of an ability. For example je peux jongler avec trois balles (I can juggle with three balls) clearly uses pouvoir. Mglovesfun (talk) 16:59, 28 April 2012 (UTC)