In this episode we cover three verbs: “potere”, “riuscire”, and “sapere”. Depending on context, these three verbs can all mean “to be able to” in English. The use of one or the other depends on what we want to say in Italian.

Two Main Takeaways

  • The verb “potere” is used when there is the possibility of doing something, while the verb “riuscire” is used when we are able to achieve a specific goal with our own abilities.
  • The verb “sapere” is used to indicate if we are skilled in doing something or if we know a fact.

Three Action Steps

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Links Mentioned and Other Resources

  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #18: The Verb Fare: Meaning and Uses.
  • CLICK HERE to listen to episode #14: How to Conjugate Verbs in Italian.
  • CLICK HERE to get the Italian Verb Blueprint, a guide for conjugating all regular Italian verbs.

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