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CAN, COULD (ability)

You use can to say that something is posible or that somebody has the ability to do something.

We use can + infinitive (can do /can see, etc)

* We can see thelake from our bedroom window.
* Can you speak any foreign languages?
* I can come and see you tomorrow if you like

The negative is can´t ( cannot)
I´m afraid I can´t come to the party onFriday.

Could

Sometimes could is the past of can especially with:
See hear taste feel remember understand

* When we went to their house, we could smell burning.
* Hespoke in a very low voice, but I could understand what he said.

We also use could to say that somebody had the ability or permission to do something.

A) Complete the sentences with “can” /“could”
come eat hear run sleep wait

1 – I´m afraid I ……………………. To your party next week.
2 –When Tim was 16, he was a fast runner. He ………………… 100 metres in 11 seconds.
3 –“Are you in a hurry?” “No, I´ve got plenty of time. I ………………………………….
4 – I was feeling sick yesterday. I ………………………… anything.
5- Can you speak up a bit? I …………………………………….you very well.
6- “ You looktired” “Yes, I ……………………………… last night”

B)Write sentences with “but” about what David can and can´t do
1 –German(Yes), Hindu ( No) (speak) ……………………………………………………………………
2 – piano (Yes) , guitar (No) ( play) ………………………………………………………………………
3 – tennis (No), baseball (Yes) (play) ……………………………………………………………………….
4 – names ( No), faces (Yes) (remember) ……………………………………………………………..
5 –oranges (Yes),cherries (No) (eat) ……………………………………………………………………..

C)Frame questions with can
1 – Little Mary is ten months old now. (walk) Can she walk ?
2 – John is starting the violin. (What /play?) What can heplay?
3 – “My brother wants to work in a restaurant” (cook) ……………………………
4 – “My daughter´s going to Spain”. ( speak Spanish) ………………………………..
5 –“Bil and Lisa want to buy a house” (How much /...
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