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How do I conjugate a sentence if there are two verbs in a row?

I'm writing an essay for french class and I am trying to say "...the people can change..." and I need to use pouvoir and changer and conjugate for they. How should I write this?

November 18, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Conjugate "pouvoir" into third person plural and leave "changer" in infinitive.

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Yuv1702

You conjugate the first verb and add the other verb with its infinitive.

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Luckily pouvoir is a verb that can be directly followed by an infinitive. Be aware that some verbs require a preposition (à or de and some verbs can require either depending upon the intended context) to precede the infinitive.

Ex: Il a décidé de venir. → "He has decided to come."
and Il est décidé à venir → "He is determined to come."

There is a good reference sheet here:
http://www.connectigramme.com/preposition.html/verbes-prep.html

November 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Reandw

Thanks.

November 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Razade

"Il décide à venir" isn't really french, to say that he is determined to come we would say "Il est décidé à venir" or "il est déterminé à venir" :)

November 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

You are, of course, correct - I was attempting to give a present tense example. I have corrected it, merci.

November 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynn323053

Les personnes peuvent changer.

November 18, 2017
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