Modal “can” indicating ability and its negative

Modal “can” indicating ability and its negative
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Modal “can” indicating ability and its negative

This lesson focuses only on how we use a modal can indicating ability and also it’s negative.

a. The modal “can” is used with a main verb when we wish to show that someone, an animal or a plant is able to show that someone, an animal or a plant is “able to do something”.

Examples:

Flowers can make the garden look pretty.

Fruits can give us the vitamins our body needs.

My sister can type very fast.

My father can play tennis very well.

A camel can live in a hot dessert.

b. The modal “can” may be written in the “negative” by adding “-not” or “-n’t”.

Examples:

She can not carry the heavy desk.

I don not have a watch so I cannot tell you what time it is.

Mother can’t drive a car.

I can’t speak German.

Practice Exercise:

Fill in each blank with “can” or “cannot

1. A bird __________swim. It __________fly.

2. The thin boy __________ run very fast. The fat boy __________ run very fast.

3. A snail __________ crawl. It __________ jump.

4. A fish __________ breathe in water. It __________ walk on land.

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5. A monkey __________ fly. It __________ climb trees.

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