Can and Can’t – Grammar – Elementary





 There are three main meanings and uses of ‘Can’ that you need to learn.

Can = able to – e.g. I can ride a bike.

Can = know how to e.g. I can speak French

Can = have permission to e.g. you can come over tonight.

Cool Fact – Can is a very old word – more than 1200 years!

Can and May are often used in the same way. e.g.

Can I have some tea please?

May I have some tea please?

( May is a little more polite and formal.)






The Can-Can is a famous dance from France where the dancers kick their legs really high.

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 Can is a really useful word to learn. It is one of the most commonly used words in English.


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Many students have difficulty saying the negative form of can.

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Listen to someone using Can and Can’t.

Type in which word you hear – can or can’t.

You can’t go in there.
Can you put me through to Mr. Smith please?
I can’t stand that film, it’s terrible.
What can I say, I’m sorry.
You can’t talk to me like that!

You can’t go in there

Can you put me through to Mr. Smith please?

I can’t stand that film, it’s terrible.

What can I say, I’m sorry.

You can’t talk to me like that!

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