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Introduction to Occidental:
Lesson 9

By PovriNaivon

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

Answer: Yo ne posse
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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

Answer: Tu ne posse far it
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Bring it together!

I can’t sleep because I want to eat

Answer: Yo ne posse dormir pro que yo vole manjar
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I will be able to do it, but not today

Answer: Yo va posser far it, ma ne hodie
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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

Answer: Yo posset far it pro que yo practicat
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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

Answer: Yo volet far it yer
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I didn’t do it today

Answer: Yo ne fa it hodie
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I could do it tomorrow

Answer: Yo vell posser far it deman
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The word for if is si

I could do it today if you want

Answer: Yo vell posser far it hodie si tu vole
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