Basic English Grammar Lesson: Using Can

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Can you help me?

Can you help me?

Can is a modal verb in English grammar, and has a few different meanings. Today, I am going to show you how we use can in both statements and questions.

Can is used to show ability. It comes before the main verb in a sentence.

  • I can sing and dance!
  • Jack can speak three languages.
  • This factory can produce 1,000 jackets per day.

Can is used to ask about ability. It comes before the subject in a question.

  • Can you sing and dance!
  • Can Jack speak any foreign languages?
  • Can this factory produce a lot of jackets?

Can is used to show permission. It comes before the main verb in a sentence.

  • I can leave work early today
  • Jack can take this old PC if he wants it.

Can is used to ask for permission. It comes before the subject in a question.

  • Can I leave work early today?
  • Can Jack take this old PC? He collects them!

Can us used in a question to make a request:

  • Can you help me?
  • Hey boss. Can Jack come to the meeting with me?
  • Can we have some more coffee, please?

Can us also used in a question to make an offer:

  • Can I help you with anything today?
  • Can I buy you a cup of coffee after work?
  • Can I take you to the movies sometime?

Now it’s your turn. How about trying to write an original sentence using good or well as I just explained above. Use the comment box below and I’ll check your answers.

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