Ability and inability: can/can't

Can/can't - Ability

CAN / CAN'T shows ability, inability, request, permission, possibility, and inappropriateness. In this unit we will focus on ability and inability.

CAN - Ability

  • I can speak Chinese.
  • speak chinese
    • You can play tennis
    • She can sing very well
    • He can ride a horse
  • ride a horse
    • It can jump over the wall
    • We can cook Lasagne
    • You can read very quickly
    • They can dance flamenco


    CAN'T - Inability

    • I can't speak Portuguese.
    • You can't cook sushi
    • cook
    • She can't dance very well
    • He can't ride a motorbike
    • It can't breathe out of the water
    • We can't play the guitar.
  • play the guitar
    • You can't write very quickly.
    • They can't sing Soul.