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The Verb "Can"

How is the verb tense "can" used?

The verb tense "can" is used as both an auxiliary verb and a modal verb? Can is almost always used with a main verb.

Can is used to:

Can't is used to state:

  • to request something
  • to state the something is not allowed
  • to request a favor from someone
  • to request something not be done
  • to ask for help
  • to state the inability of something or someone
  • to state the possibility of an event/activity
  • to deny permission
  • to state the ability of someone/something
  • to request permission from someone or for something
  • to ask for permission from someone or for something

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Verb Groups

Auxiliary Verbs

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Future Verb Tenses

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Modal Verbs

Modal Verb Rules

Verb Tense "Can"

Verb Tense "Could"

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Verb Tense "Have"

Present Verb Tenses

Past Verb Tenses


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