Vouloir, pouvoir, devoir

Vouloir Pouvoir Devoir – French Verbs

To want, to be able, to have to

By Laura K. Lawless, About.com Guide

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.

Lesson here

Quiz on these verbs


  • Vouloir, c’est pouvoir (proverb): Where there’s a will there’s a way
  • Faire ce qu’on peut :to do what one can
  • Je dois faire la lessive: I should/must/have to do the laundry


Devoir vs Falloir: Verbs expressing obligation and necessity



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