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.