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"Be able to" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "poder", and "might" is a noun which is often translated as "la fuerza". Learn more about the difference between "be able to" and "might" below.
be able to(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to be capable of)
a. poder
I am able to meet next Monday at nine in the morning. Is that convenient?Puedo reunirme el lunes que viene a las nueve de la mañana. ¿Le es conveniente?
b. ser capaz de
He was not able to walk after the accident.No era capaz de caminar después del accidente.
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might(
mayt
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (strength)
a. la fuerza
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We pushed with all our might but it wouldn't move.Empujamos con todas nuestras fuerzas pero no se movía.
b. el poder
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The parade was just a display of their military might.El desfile no era más que una exhibición de su poder militar.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
2. (to ask permission)
a. poder
Might I ask you one last question?¿Puedo hacerle una última pregunta?
3. (to make a petition)
a. poder
Might I have a cup of tea?¿Podría tomar una taza de té?
Might I see some ID, please?¿Me puede enseñar un documento de identidad, por favor?
4. (to express possibility)
a. puede que
He might have to go to the doctor.Puede que tenga que ir al doctor.
b. a lo mejor
She might be in love.A lo mejor está enamorada.
5. (to express annoyance)
a. poder
He might at the very least offer to pay for the travel expenses.Como mínimo podía haberse ofrecido a pagar los gastos de viaje.
You might as well have told me!¡Podrías habérmelo dicho!
6. (to ask for information)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
And where might that come from?¿Y de dónde ha salido eso?
Who might the lady talking to the bride be?¿Quién será esa señora que habla con la novia?
7. (to express purpose)
a. poder
He held the door open so that we might pass.Sujetó la puerta para que pudiéramos pasar.
How should I send the letter so that it might arrive on time?¿Cómo puedo enviar la carta para que llegue a tiempo?
8. (to make a suggestion)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mightn't it be a better idea to go by foot?¿No sería mejor idea ir a pie?
You might want to ask her.Mejor que le preguntes a ella.
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