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Modal
CAN
Can is an auxiliary verb, a modal
auxiliary verb. We use CAN to:
 talk about possibility and ability
 make requests
 as...
Structure of
can
subject + auxiliary
verb
can
+ main verb
The basic structure for can is:
subject
auxiliary
verb
can main ...
CAN for possibility and ability
 We use can to talk about what is possible,
what we are able or free to do.
 She can dri...
CAN for requests and orders
We often use can in a question to ask
somebody to do something.
 Can you make a cup of coffee...
CAN for permission
We sometimes use can to ask or give
permission for something:
 Can I smoke in this room?
 You can't s...
CAN YOU…?
MAKE A SENTENCE
CORRECT
PRONUNCIATION
CAN WE PLAY A GAME?
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  1. 1. Modal CAN
  2. 2. Can is an auxiliary verb, a modal auxiliary verb. We use CAN to:  talk about possibility and ability  make requests  ask for or give permission
  3. 3. Structure of can subject + auxiliary verb can + main verb The basic structure for can is: subject auxiliary verb can main verb + I can play tennis. - He cannot play tennis. can't ? Can you play tennis?
  4. 4. CAN for possibility and ability  We use can to talk about what is possible, what we are able or free to do.  She can drive a car.  John can speak Spanish.  I cannot hear you. (I can't hear you.)  Can you hear me?
  5. 5. CAN for requests and orders We often use can in a question to ask somebody to do something.  Can you make a cup of coffee, please.  Can you put the TV on.  Can you come here a minute.  Can you be quiet!
  6. 6. CAN for permission We sometimes use can to ask or give permission for something:  Can I smoke in this room?  You can't smoke here, but you can smoke in the garden.
  7. 7. CAN YOU…? MAKE A SENTENCE
  8. 8. CORRECT PRONUNCIATION
  9. 9. CAN WE PLAY A GAME?

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