How to Conjugate the Verb pouvoir (can)

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“Pouvoir” is a powerful verb. Once you know it, you can easily ask people to do something, and express what you can do. Here is how to conjugate and use “pouvoir”. Conjugation of pouvoir (can) I voluntarily chose not to include tenses like “passé simple”, because unless you are interested in French literature, you won’t need …


The surprising meanings of Mais non and Non mais

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If you speak even a little French, you’ve probably learned that the word mais means “but”. But with this in mind, you may have come upon some phrases with mais that surprised you, including Mais non and Non mais. Let’s learn about the meanings of mais non and non mais! What does Mais non mean? Taken apart and …


Everything you need to know about “Qu’est-ce que c’est”

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Qu’est-ce que c’est means “What (is it)” in French. Despite being a mouthful, it’s an extremely common phrase in both everyday and formal French, and also has several somewhat subtle variants. What’s the deal with qu’est-ce que c’est?   Let’s look into this inquisitive phrase! What does Qu’est-ce que c’est mean? Qu’est-ce que c’est means “What (is it)”. …