no puedes

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no puedes(
noh
 
pweh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(don't have the ability to; second person singular)
a. you can't
Es cierto que no puedes cantar tan bien como ella, pero tu voz es más cálida.It's true you can't sing as well as she does, but your voice is warmer.
b. you're not able to
Si no puedes hacerte un largo de piscina, ¿cómo vas a cruzar el río nadando?If you're not able to swim one length in the pool, how are you going to swim accross the river?
c. you're unable to
Papá, está claro que no puedes entender nada; es imposible hablar contigo.Dad, you're clearly unable to understand anything; it's impossible to speak with you.
2.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(don't have permission to; second person singular)
a. you can't
Mamá, ¿puedo ir a jugar a casa de Jorge? - No, no puedes, es casi la hora de cenar.Mom, can I go to play at Jorge's? - No, you can't; it's almost dinner time.
b. you may not
¿Puedo irme ya? - No, no puedes. La clase no ha acabado todavía.May I leave now? - No, you may not. The class hasn't finished yet.
c. you're not allowed to
No puedes bañarte en este tramo del río. Lo prohibieron porque la corriente es muy fuerte.You're not allowed to swim in this stretch of the river. They prohibited it because the current is very strong.
3.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(can't cope with; second person singular; used with "con")
a. you can't manage
Si no puedes con todo el trabajo, siempre puedes pedir ayuda a tus compañeros.If you can't manage all the work, you can always ask your colleagues for help.
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