A1 Can and Can’t

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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.

can, ride a bike

I can ride a bike.

Learn the grammar to be successful in the Cambridge Assessment English A1 Movers test.


  1. Complete the sentences in the flashcards.
  2. Complete exercise 1.
  3. Complete exercise 2.
  4. Complete the text.
  5. Look at our examples.

A1 Pronouns

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.
Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

At this elementary level, there are materials concerned with basic English communication to provide confidence to understand at this basic level of English.

Here are resources at this elementary level that will give students practice in reading and writing. The reading materials are reading comprehensions but can be easily adapted for other reading practice. At this low level, the writing materials are generally guided writings.

We add reading and writing exercises on a regular basis. Why not bookmark our site, so you can come back to practice anywhere or at any time of the day? 
In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the A1 Movers test.
The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.