Let’s learn how to say what you can and can’t do. You learn to ask if it is all right for you to do something.
I can ride a bike.
- Complete the sentences in the flashcards.
- Complete exercise 1.
- Complete exercise 2.
- Complete the text.
- Look at our examples.
Flash CardsExercise 1Exercise 2TextExamples
Modal verbs for ability
Talking about now
You use can and can’t in the present.
- to say someone knows how to do something (or not): Jane can drive. She can’t drive.
- to say someone has the ability to do something (or not): I can eat vegetables. I can’t eat meat.
- with verbs like see, hear, watch, feel, remember, smell, touch: I can’t remember your name. We can see the film.
Modal verbs for permission
- Asking if something is OK: Can I borrow your pencil?
- Saying that something is OK: You can go home now.
- Saying that something is not OK: You can’t go out tonight.