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Can/ Can't

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Question Form:

Examples:* I can play soccer.* I can drive a car.* She can dance pop music.* He can cook very well.

The verb that comes after Can is in the infinitive without to:

*Can is a modal verb.*Can is used to express ability or to say that something is possible.*Can is the same for all subjects. We don't add an 'S' in the third person (like other verbs)

Negative Form:

To form the negative we add "not" after can to form one word: cannot.We can also contract the negative to form can't. (can't = cannot)

Examples:* I cannot play the piano. * We can't go to the cinema tonight.* She cannot speak French very well.* He can't drive a car.

To from the question we change the position of the subject and the auxiliary verb.The main verb is still in the infinitive without to.

Examples:* Where can I buy an ice-cream?* Can I go to the party, please?*Can you speak Japanese?* What can we do on Saturday?

Remember that you can use short answers:* Can I sit here please? Yes, you can.* Can you speak Chinese? No, I can't.


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