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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Alex: And I'm Alex.
Eric: And welcome to Must-Know Spanish Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 15. Requesting Permission.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern to ask for permission.
PATTERN
Eric: Here’s an example. "May I see your identification card?"
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Alex: [slow] ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: The pattern for requesting permission has 3 elements. First, “May I.”
Alex: Puedo.
Eric: Second, the verb "see."
Alex: ver.
Eric: Third, the complement "your identification card.”
Alex: su identificación.
Eric: Altogether, we have... "May I see your identification card?"
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación? [slow] ¿Puedo ver su identificación? [normal] ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: Use the verb
Alex: puedo
Eric: "may I" to ask for permission. The verb conjugation shows that the speaker is the one requesting permission. It’s followed by a verb which is always in infinitive form. At the end, you can add more details about what you want to do, such as an adverb, noun, or phrase.
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: So remember: To request permission, begin with "may I..."
Alex: puedo
Eric: ...add a verb in infinitive form, plus a complement for more details.
Eric: Here’s another example, meaning "May I go out today?" First, “May I.”
Alex: Puedo.
Eric: Second, the verb "go out."
Alex: salir.
Eric: Third, the complement "today."
Alex: hoy.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy? [slow] ¿Puedo salir hoy? [normal] ¿Puedo salir hoy?
Eric: "May I go out today?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy?
Eric: How do you say - "May I eat the last slice of pizza?" To give you a hint, "the last slice of pizza" is...
Alex: el último pedazo de pizza. [slow] el último pedazo de pizza. [normal] el último pedazo de pizza.
Eric: "May I eat the last slice of pizza?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza? [slow] ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza? [normal] ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?
REVIEW
Eric: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in Spanish. Here we go.
Eric: "May I see your identification card?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: "May I go out today?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo salir hoy?
Eric: "May I eat the last slice of pizza?"
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?
[pause]
Alex: ¿Puedo comer el último pedazo de pizza?

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for requesting permission, as in...
Alex: ¿Puedo ver su identificación?
Eric: meaning "May I see your identification card?"
Eric: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on SpanishPod101.com. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Alex: Hasta la próxima.

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Practice requesting permission using this pattern.

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Friday at 3:30 am
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¡Hola Ime!


Muchas gracias for your comment. Please note that on our website we don't have such an autoplay option. We are sorry for the inconvenience. 😞


Regarding your second question (Also, does it correlate with the lesson that I'm learning?), I'm sorry but I'm not sure what do you mean. Could you please elaborate?


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Ime
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Hello,

How can I use the auto play function on the app so I don't have to open my phone/tablet. I've been looking around and can't seem to find it. Also, does it correlate with the lesson that I'm learning?

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Hola rawan,


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Si, muy bien!

Sigamos practicando.


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rawan
Wednesday at 8:54 pm
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podemos usar el verbo podrias como un consejo?

por ejemplo: podria estudiar mucho para este dificil examen .

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Hola Tracy,


Thank you for your comment.

"manejar" and "conducir" are both use for "drive".

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Carla

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Hola Ronald,


All work on my side. Seems like the PDFs are properly added. Alternatively, you could also try downloading the PDFs by clicking on the third round-shaped button at the right of the "Mark complete" button. In case the error still persists, try deleting the cache of your browser or try logging in using a different browser. This error is super rare but if it occurs, these steps must resolve it. :)


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Ronald Scott
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I've been unable to get "download as PDF" to work! Grrrrrr!

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I have just bought a Premium Plus subscription after having lessons with a Spanish teacher here in Spain. Those lessons were both one to one and in a group. What I want from this is to have actual conversations with someone to practice both speaking and listening. Like another user below, I have been taught conducir as a verb, not manejar and coche not carro so I am a bit confused whether I am being taught the right Spanish on this programme? I seem to be getting a lot of information coming my way and I'm not sure what I should read or not read. It feels a bit 'information overload'.

Pete Moulding
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Hi, I have just bought a premium subscription and this was the first lesson I have come across. I stopped my subscription to Spanish with Paul (which had been brilliant but was Mexican-Spanish). I read the reviews and they said Iberian Spanish was prevalent throughout this. However, I've heard straight away that the pronunciation is South-American and I know for sure that "manejar" isn't used here (conducir instead). How many other words am I learning that are not used in Spain? This is the reason I had joined but I think I should have continued to learn Mexican with Paul!

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Hola Joe,


Thank you for your comment.

Please let us know to which sentence do you refer to.

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Carla

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