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  • 1. Answer key:Name: ---------------------------------Date: ----------------------------------“Can” is used to express ability in the presentor future. I can speak English fluently.“Can” has the same form with singular & plural. I/you/he/she/it/we/they can eat.The negative of “can” is cannot or can’t. She cannot/can’t swim.“Could” is used to express ability in the past. Jack could swim when he was a child.“Could” takes the same form with singular &plural. I/you/he/she/it/we/they could swim.The negative form of “could” is could not. They could not (couldn’t) wait for him.A. Fill in the blanks with can or can’t.1. Birds ……………………… fly.2. Parrots ……………………… sing.3. Dogs ……………………… talk.4. An adult ……………………… drive a car.5. An infant ……………………… walk.6. Rocks ……………………… float on water.7. Deaf people ……………………… hear.8. Doctors ……………………… cure people.9. Pilots ……………………… fly planes.10. A blind person ……………………… see.B. Fill in the blanks with can or could.1. Jim can dive now but he ………………………not swim when he was a child.2. I could act foolishly was I was youngerbut now I ……………………… not do this.3. In the past, people ……………………… nottalk with each other by cell phones.4. Today, students ……………………… use theinternet to look for information.5. Employees ……………………… go to work orthey ……………………… work from home.Using Can in QuestionsTo make a question, we begin with “Can”,then we put the personal pronoun (I, you,he, they, etc…) and then the main verb(eat, play, run, etc..) Can you read?Yes, I can. / No, I can’t. Can she swim?Yes, she can. / No, she can’t. Can they sing?Yes, they ca. / No, they can’t.C. Ask and answer questions about whatcomputers can do.1. LaughCan computers laugh?No, they can’t.2. Play FreeCell…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………3. Play music…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4. Fall in love…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………5. Check spelling…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………6. Think…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………D. Talk about your own abilities.speak French – dive – play guitar – sing - act1. I can/can’t speak French fluently.2. ……………………………………………………………………3. ……………………………………………………………………4. ……………………………………………………………………5. ……………………………………………………………………
  • 2. A. Fill in the blanks with can or can’t.1. Parrots can’t sing.2. An adult can drive a car.3. Rocks can’t float on water.4. Doctors can cure people.5. A blind person can’t see.6. Birds can fly.7. Dogs can’t talk.8. An infant can’t walk.9. Deaf people can’t hear.10. Pilots can fly planes.B. Fill in the blanks with can or could.1. Jim can dive now but he couldnot swim when he was a child.2. I could act foolishly was I was youngerbut now I can not do this.3. In the past, people could not talk witheach other by cell phones.4. Today, students can use the internetto look for information.5. Employees can go to work or they canwork from home.C. Ask and answer questions about whatcomputers can do.1. LaughCan computers laugh?No, they can’t.2. Play FreeCellCan computers play FreeCell?Yes, they can.3. Play musicCan computers play music?Yes, they can.4. Fall in loveCan computers fall in love?No, they can’t.5. Check spellingCan computers check spelling?Yes, they can.6. TranslateCan computers think?No, they can’t.