poder ser

poder ser(
poh
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sehr
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (used to indicate capability)
a. can be
Puedes ser lo que quieras ser.You can be whatever you want to be.
2. (used to ask for something or permission)
a. can be
Necesito que me ayudes - Seguro, pero ¿puedes ser más específica?I need your help. - Sure, but can you be more specific?
b. may be
¿Puedo ser el primero en besar a la novia? - No, no puede; yo seré el primero.May I be the first to kiss the bride? - No, you may not; I'll be the first!
3. (used to indicate possibility)
a. may be
¿Sabes si aquel es el primo de Mariana? - Sí, puede ser su primo, pero no estoy segura.Do you know if that's Mariana's cousin? - Yes, he may be her cousin, but I'm not sure.
b. can be
La depresión puede ser un tema difícil de tratar, pero fingir que no existe, no la hará desaparecer.Depression can be a difficult topic to talk about, but pretending it doesn't exist won't make it go away.
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