Can / Can't
Can is a kind of
auixiliary verb called a modal verb. Modal verbs
express a particuilar character or mood of a
Can is often used
to show ability. For example: "We can speak
English", or "He can sing well."
Here are the Simple
Present forms of can for ability.
I can play
She can drive a car.
I cannot play
She cannot drive a car.
Can you play
Can she drive a car?
Cannot and can't
are the same: eg.
- I cannot cook well.
- I can't cook well.
Can't is much more common in spoken English.
Can is also used
to show permission. For example: "You can
go home after class". Here are the Simple
Present forms of can for permission.
You can meet
her tommorrow. - (You have permission
to meet her).
She can't come
to our house. - (She doesn't have permisson
to visit us).
Can we go to
the movies? - (Please give us permission
to watch a movie).
This Unit is relatively
straightforward, so on to the exercises!