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verbo can

Expresar la capacidad de hacer algo. Verbo Can


Helen: Look Betty, Bught Park at Loch Ness. The beach is very near, we can swim there.

Betty: Right! And can we take the dog with us? There are many trees there and we can take him on walks.

Helen: Oh no! We can't take the dog but look! There is a camp site on the isle of Wight.

Betty: Yes, there is. We can take the dog there and we can also swim at the beach or in the swimming pool. We can have dinner at the restaurant.

Helen: Listen Betty. This camp site has also got a washing machine so, we can wash our clothes. And the weather is better in the south.

Betty: O.K. Helen. Today is sunday. We can be there on friday.


Fijate bien:

Sujeto + can/can't + verbo (en infinitivo sin to)

Helen can't go to the cinema.

can + sujeto + verbo?

Can Helen go to the cinema?

Congujar can es muy fácil ya que sólo tiene una forma única para todas las personas.

Forma afirmativa verbo can:

  • I can
  • you can
  • he can
  • she can
  • it can
  • we can
  • you can
  • they can

Forma negativa verbo can:

  • I cannot - - can't
  • you cannot - - can't
  • he cannot - - can't
  • she cannot - - can't
  • it cannot - - can't
  • we cannot - - can't
  • you cannot - - can't
  • they cannot - - can't

Forma interrogativa verbo can:

  • Can I...?
  • Can you...?
  • Can he...?
  • Can she...?
  • Can it...?
  • Can we...?
  • Can you...?
  • Can they...?

Respuestas cortas - Afirmativas y negativas:

  • Yes, I can
  • Yes, you can
  • Yes, he can
  • Yes, she can
  • Yes, it can
  • Yes, we can
  • Yes, you can
  • Yes, they can


  • Yes, I can't
  • Yes, you can't
  • Yes, he can't
  • Yes, she can't
  • Yes, it can't
  • Yes, we can't
  • Yes, you can't
  • Yes, they can't

Con can se puede expresar la posibilidad e imposibilidad circunstancial o física de poder hacer algo:

-Birds have got wings. They can fly. - Los pájaros tienen alas. Pueden volar.

Can, suele aparecer con los verbos see (ver) y hear (oír). En este caso, can no suele traducirse.

-My father's at the door. I can hear him. - Mi padre está en la puerta. Le oigo.