Occidental for English Speakers: Lesson 9
In the last lesson, we learned the words possibil and ínpossibil
The root of these words are poss.
The verb for to be able is posser.
So, "possible" in English means something like ableable; or canable.
?I am not able|Yo ne posse
Another way to translate posser is can.
If we want to say "I can’t eat" in Occidental, we would say "I not can to eat" or "I not able to eat".
?You can’t do it|Tu ne posse far it
Bring it together!
?I can’t sleep because I want to eat|Yo ne posse dormir pro que yo vole manjar
?I will be able to do it, but not today|Yo va posser far it, ma ne hodie
The English word "could" is tricky. Sometimes it means "was able" or "were able".
The word for to practice is practicar
Do you remember how to form the past tense of a verb?
?I could do it because I practiced|Yo posset far it pro que yo practicat
The word for tomorrow is deman
Think something like, "I demand that it be done tomorrow".
Sometimes "could" means something more like "would be able to".
?I wanted to do it yesterday|Yo volet far it yer
?I didn’t do it today|Yo ne fa it hodie
?I could do it tomorrow|Yo vell posser far it deman
The word for if is si
?I could do it today if you want|Yo vell posser far it hodie si tu voleNext lesson >