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Welcome back to our grammar lessons.
This will be an intermediate class on using the modal verb “can” in questions. If you are not sure of your English level, take our test!
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Modal Verb: Can – interrogative
How do we do this? We put “can” before the subject. It’s very simple!
“Can you dance?”
So to form a question, you put “can” first followed by the subject “you”.
As we saw in Units 49 and 50, “can” is used to talk about general ability.
“Can you play tennis?”
“Can he cook good food?”
We can also use it to talk about possibility.
“Can you come to the office?”
“Can they babysit the kids?”
Modal verb: Can – short affirmative and negative answers
So how do we answer all of these questions?
Well, for the affirmative we simply use “can”.
“Can she speak English?” “Yes, she can“
And now the modal verb “can” with short answers in the negative. We say “can not“, or “can’t”
“Can he speak English?” “No, he can’t“
Remember that we also use “can” with requests and to ask permission!
In Unit 51 “Two secretaries”, you will meet Shirley and Michelle. Michelle can help Shirley… but how? By watching the ABA Film, you will practice your listening comprehension. Record your voice and compare phrases to improve your speaking and learn how to write correctly. You will also gain fluency by interpreting roles and then you will learn the grammar and new vocabulary.
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