Languages › French 'Vouloir,' 'Pouvoir,' 'Devoir': French Verbs These similarly conjugated verbs mean to "want," "be able," and "have to" Share Flipboard Email Print wundervisuals / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated October 14, 2019 It is important to understand and be able to use three irregular French verbs—vouloir, pouvoir, and devoir — as they are very common as well as useful. They are often taught together because of the similarities in their conjugations. Conjugating "Vouloir," "Pouvoir," and "Devoir" The table below shows the basic conjugations and meaning of these verbs together with brief examples. Vouloir - to want Pouvoir - can, to be able to Devoir, must, to have to Je veux danser avec toi.I want to dance with you. Je peux danser avec toi.I can dance with you. Je dois danser avec toi.I have to dance with you. Voulez-vous parler?Do you wish to speak? Pouvez-vous parler?Can you speak? Devez-vous parler?Do you need to speak? je veux peux dois tu veux peux dois il veut peut doit nous voulons pouvons devons vous voulez pouvez devez ils veulent peuvent doivent Useful Conjugation Tables and Details Get a more in-depth look with these complete conjugation tables and details about these verbs: Conjugations of vouloir in all tensesConjugations of pouvoir in all tensesConjugations of devoir in all tensesUsing vouloirUsing pouvoirUsing devoirExpressions with vouloirExpressions with pouvoirDevoir vs Falloir Continue Reading You "Must" Learn How to Conjugate Devoir Do You Know the Correct Way to Conjugate the French Verb 'Pouvoir?' Conjugating the Irregular French Verb 'Devenir' (to Become) French Verbs 'Devoir' and 'Falloir' Are Tricky: What's the Difference? How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Mourir' ('to Die') Speak Like a Native: French Irregular '-ir' Verbs Does the French Verb 'Vouloir' Need the Subjunctive? How to Conjugate French Regular '-IR' Verbs How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb "Croire" Conjugating the Irregular French Verb 'Conduire' ('to Drive') Vouloir Is a Very Polite and Important French Verb Do You Understand the French Word Comprendre? How to Conjugate the French Verb "Rendre" Learn How to Conjugate "Nager" (to Swim) in French The Irregular French Verb 'Apprendre' ('to Learn') The French Verb "Donner" Has a Lot "To Give"