Exercise 1

Choose the correct option to complete the sentences.

1 ask you a question?

2I . The music is too loud.

3'Can you play the piano?' 'Yes, I .'

4He four languages.

5He says that he me.

6 a ham and cheese pizza, please?

7'Can I smoke here?' 'No, you .'

8We use our phones in class.

9He my car if he needs it.

10 the window, please?



can, can’t – grammar chart

can, can't – ability, possibility, permission

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can, can’t – form


Infinitive without to

We use caninfinitive without to.

  • I can swim(NOT I can to swim.)
  • We can’t come. (NOT We can’t to come.)


No -s after he/she/it

We don’t add -s after he/she/it. We use can for all persons.

  • He can swim. (NOT He cans swim).


No do/don’t

Can is an auxiliary verb and has a negative and interrogative form. We don’t use do/don’t to make questions and negatives.

  • Can you swim? (NOT Do you can swim?)
  • He can’t swim. (NOT He don’t can swim.)


can, can’t – use



We use can/can’t to talk about ability in the present (=things that we know how to do).

  • Laura can sing very well. 
  • I can’t speak German. 



We use can/can’t to ask for permission or to say if something is possible or not.

  • Can I sit here?
  • You can’t vote if you aren’t 18 years old. 
  • I’m sorry but I can’t come to the party. 


Ask for something

We use can/can’t to ask for something and to order in bars, restaurants, shops, etc.

  • Can you lend me some money?
  • Can I have some water, please?
  • Can I have a burger and a soda?