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.

can-can

 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.

For the first part of the recording:

When you hear Can – drag in the pic of the can

When you hear Can’t drag in the pic of the car.

For the second part of the recording 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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