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Paul ask: Oui, mais pouvez-vous parler un peu plus lentement ?

lars-therkelsen

In this sentence: 
Oui, mais pouvez-vous parler un peu plus lentement ?
 
Why is "parler" written in Infinitive and not in 1. person plural

toru e

When you have a compound verb, the second verb stays in the infinitive. In this case, pouvoir is already conjugated (pouvez), so parler stays in the infinitive. The same holds true for other compound verbs:

Ex:
I must do the laundry. -> Je dois faire la lessive. {devoir = to "must", to have to do something)
He is going to see a film. -> Il va voir un film.
She tried to call her boss. -> Elle a essayé d'appeler son chef. {essayer (de) = to try (to do something)}

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