Como Usar ‘Can’ en Ingles

catch_me_if_you_can_posterUsing ‘Can’ in English

‘Can’ is a very important auxiliary verb in English.

You can use it to:

  • Express ability and possibility
  • Give permission
  • Ask for permission
  • Ask for something (request)

The Correct Structure of ‘Can’

Subject + Can + Verb

subject auxiliary verb main verb
+ I can play football.
She/He cannot play football.
can’t
? Can you play football?

Important Points 

  • There is only one form of can.
  • The verb is always the bare infinitive.

How to Use ‘Can’ in a Sentence

1. Using ‘Can’ to Express Possibility and Ability

  • He can ride a bike.
  • Maria can speak English and Italian.
  • cannot speak Spanish. (I can’t speak Spanish.)
  • Can you ride a bike?

Note: We normally use ‘can’ in the present tense, but you can use ‘can’ when discussing the future.

  • Can you help me paint the house today?
  • No, I can’t because I have to go to work today. But I can can help you tomorrow.

2. Using ‘Can’ to Make Requests and Orders

  • Can you please make me a sandwich , please?
  • Can you please put some music on?
  • Can you please be quiet? I have a headache!

3. Using ‘Can’ to Give or Ask For Permission

  • Can I use the internet?
  • You can’t use the internet here, but you can use it in the cafe next door.

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