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Je peux or je puis

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So I have been wondering about this for a while. There are two ways of saying 'I can' in French, there is 'Je peux' and there is 'Je puis' I was wondering if there are certain contexts in which you use each of the,. If you know anything please let me know.

Au revoir mes amies!

7/11/2017, 8:32:17 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/Fayke
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"Je puis" is never used except in old literature (from at least about one century ago, maybe more) but when speaking formally we still use "Puis-je?" in the interrogative form because you can't say "Peux-je?".
However the interrogative form is often just implied by the intonation of your voice when speaking or by the question mark when writing.
So you would usually just say: "Je peux?"

7/11/2017, 9:26:08 AM

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Ok. Thanks!

7/11/2017, 3:32:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50
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Or 'Est-ce que je peux ?'

7/11/2017, 10:02:53 PM

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Is this the same for "tu peux" / "puis-tu"?

7/12/2017, 1:42:00 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Fayke
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No, this is only a peculiarity of the first person singular.
You say/write:
Tu peux. Il peut. Peux-tu? Peut-il? Tu peux? Il peut? Est-ce que tu peux? Est-ce qu'il peut?

7/12/2017, 8:04:36 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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I think the latter is more formal/bookish.

7/11/2017, 9:08:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Bavesh01

dude, the number of languages, my god...

1/28/2019, 4:06:39 PM

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You would say puis-je? instead of peux-je?, but you would always say je peux and never je puis. Je puisse, however, is the present subjunctive form of je peux.

7/11/2017, 11:28:30 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50
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I would not say 'never' about 'je puis'. For instance, 'je puis vous assurer que...' is formal but not obsolete.

7/11/2017, 10:01:00 PM

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Ok. Thanks!

7/11/2017, 3:33:34 PM
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