PODER is the twenty sixth most common word in the Spanish language.
This really is a powerful word (sorry for those in the know the pun was intended). A real “must know”, a “sine qua non”; knowing this word, an irregular verb, is the real meat and drink of language learning.
Perhaps you can sense my fervour for this word through the prose, or my voice if you are listening to the podcast of this post. Once you start getting to grips with irregular verbs such as PODER and all its irregular parts in the different tenses, then you are beginning to make real progress.
As a top learning tip, I would make sure that you know all of the first persons (the I form) of this verb in all its various tenses and various irregular forms. If you need to help on then, then why not head over to www.verbix.com, a fantastic website that can help you out with all sorts of verb related bits and pieces.
PODER then is an irregular verb and, according to my dictionary, (the Collins English-Spanish dictionary) has some 15 or so shades of meaning. The best translation is “to can” (I know that “to can” sounds strange to English ears but it is the best way to remember it) or the more formal “to be able”.
PODER is also a noun. El poder (a masculine noun) means power.
So. let’s cut to the chase and look at straight forward use of this noun and verb.
No puedo venir – I cannot come (puedo is the first person singular present tense)
And now as a noun
el pueblo al poder – power to the people
Well that just about wraps up this post on the twenty sixth most frequent word in the Spanish language. PODER is very powerful and will give real power to your language learning elbow if you become intimate and up and personal with it!