Can and cant exercises

can can’t exercises

CAN and COULD in English will allow you to improve your speaking, so pay close attention to the explanations. Then practice with the exercises until you become fluent with these words.

On the other hand, the main verb is always in the INFINITIVE without to. Please never say can to or could to. Because this is a very serious mistake. In fact, none of the auxiliaries you know (do, be, have, would) use this preposition after, so don’t use it here either.

puede y no puede

No hay ninguna diferencia de significado en este caso. En ésta y otras construcciones similares se puede utilizar el pronombre objeto o el adjetivo posesivo con la forma -ing. Ambos son de uso común y son aceptables, pero creo que la forma con el pronombre objeto (me) es más informal y es menos probable que se utilice en contextos formales.

En la otra frase, se utiliza ‘will have started’ porque el punto de referencia temporal es la hora actual (6:00). Utilizamos ‘would’ para hablar del futuro desde la perspectiva del pasado, pero el punto de referencia temporal aquí es el presente. Se sugiere el comienzo del partido en el pasado, pero no se afirma.

‘would’ (y ‘wouldn’t’) puede utilizarse para expresar la falta de voluntad, es decir, la idea de que alguien o algo no quiere hacer algo. Así, en la primera frase, la idea es que el coche no quería arrancar. La mayoría de la gente no cree realmente que un coche tenga deseos, pero a veces, cuando sentimos que tenemos mala suerte, hablamos de esta manera para mostrar la sensación de tener mala suerte. Aparte de esto, estas dos frases significan lo mismo.

can’t questions and answers

This is the present tense conjugation of the verb «can», and is used to construct affirmative sentences as well as yes or no questions and their answers. It is used with all subjects and, unlike other verbs, its spelling remains the same for all English pronouns, including the third person singular and plural forms.

The past form of the verb «can » is the word «could «, which is mainly used to make the simple past of this verb. Like the present form, its past form does not change with any of the pronouns.

The negative of «could » is formed with the word «couldn’t » which is a contraction for the expression «could not «. As in affirmative sentences, this form does not change when using different pronouns.

One of the peculiarities of the verb «can » in English is that it has no conjugation to form sentences in the future. If you want to make a future sentence with this verb, then you must use the verb «be able to «. The meaning is equivalent, and it can be combined with the form «will » in the future, or make more complex sentences in other verb tenses, since it has the verb «to be» that can be conjugated in all its forms.

how to teach can and can ‘t

As you can see, it is a very flexible verb that we can use in an enormous amount of situations. We are going to explain these 4 functions of «Can» that we have seen, but first let’s see how to structure affirmative and negative sentences, as well as questions to complement the topic.

Note that although these sentences are formulated as present simple, the verb in the third person singular (He, She, It) is not changed. You can see this explanation in the following examples:

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