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Language Development Ways of Expressing Ability <ul><li>Subject : English </li></ul><ul><li>Level : First Certificate </li...
A Present:Can Can  is more common than  be able to  in the present: Can you play tennis? No, I can`t Note:  Can  also expr...
B Past: could/was able to <ul><li>*Use  could  for general past ability: </li></ul><ul><li>Could you play chess when you w...
C Furute/Perfect tenses/Infinitive form: be able to <ul><li>Can  has no infinitive or past participle, so we use  be able ...
D Other ways of expressing ability <ul><li>I  konw how to  play chess. (I have learned the skill) </li></ul><ul><li>I  suc...
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  1. 1. Language Development Ways of Expressing Ability <ul><li>Subject : English </li></ul><ul><li>Level : First Certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher : SOLEDAD CORDON </li></ul>
  2. 2. A Present:Can Can is more common than be able to in the present: Can you play tennis? No, I can`t Note: Can also expresses future ability, if we are deciding now about the future: I can play tennis tomorrow if you want .
  3. 3. B Past: could/was able to <ul><li>*Use could for general past ability: </li></ul><ul><li>Could you play chess when you were a child? </li></ul><ul><li>*Use was able to , not could, for ability in a specific a situation: </li></ul><ul><li>I was finally able to finish my model plane last weekend . </li></ul><ul><li>*Use wasn`t able to or coudn`t for both general and specific ability: </li></ul><ul><li>I coudn`t/wasn`t able to beat Tom at squash yesterday . </li></ul>
  4. 4. C Furute/Perfect tenses/Infinitive form: be able to <ul><li>Can has no infinitive or past participle, so we use be able to : </li></ul><ul><li>I will be able to play more tennis in the summer. </li></ul><ul><li>Has he ever been able to finish a marathon? </li></ul><ul><li>I might be able to go hiking next weekend. </li></ul>
  5. 5. D Other ways of expressing ability <ul><li>I konw how to play chess. (I have learned the skill) </li></ul><ul><li>I succeeded in beating my sister last week. (suggests some difficulty) </li></ul><ul><li>I managed to beat my brother as well. (suggest a lot of difficult) </li></ul>

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