3 uses of 'can'
Welcome back to English in A Minute. I'm James and today we're going to talk about a word with lots of different uses: can.
I can play the guitar. This is the first way that we can use can - to talk about ability. For example: I can speak Spanish, but I can't fly.
Let's look at another use of can. Can I open the window, Elly?
Elly: No, you can't! It's too cold!
James: Oh, OK! In this example, can is used to ask for or give permission to do something. Can I go for lunch, Elly?
Elly: Yes, of course you can, James!
James: Oh, thank you!
Learning a language can be difficult. In this final example, can is used to talk about possibility. Elly take a jacket. It can get cold at night!
Elly: OK! Thanks, James!
James: This means that sometimes it is cold, but sometimes it isn't. So there we have it. Can can be used for ability, permission and possibility. Now you, can use can too. See you next time!