Vouloir Pouvoir Devoir - French Verbs

To want, to be able, to have to

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It is absolutely essential to understand and be able to use these three irregular French verbs, as they are very common as well as useful. They are often taught together because of the similarities in the conjugations of vouloir and pouvoir and the uses of pouvoir and devoir.

 Vouloir - to wantPouvoir - can, to be able toDevoir - 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?
nous  voulonspouvonsdevons
 Conjugations in all tensesConjugations in all tensesConjugations in all tenses
 Using vouloirUsing pouvoirUsing devoir
 Expressions with vouloirExpressions with pouvoirDevoir vs Falloir
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