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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #27021: Modal verb can
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    Modal verb can


    Hello everybody !

     

    English people use CAN in the present tense only ! So for most other tenses English people need to use a form in BE ABLE TO.

     

    I CAN play tennis = I am able to play tennis

    => But we don't usually use BE ABLE TO in the present tense !

     

    For the future English people use WILL/WON'T BE ABLE TO.

     

     

    For the present perfect English people use HAVE(N'T) / HAS(N'T) / BEEN ABLE TO.

     

    For the past English people use WAS(N'T) / WERE(N'T) / ABLE TO or COULDN'T.

    => There is no difference in meaning between the negative forms ( WASN'T/WEREN'T ABLE TO and COULDN'T).

     

    But there is a difference in meaning between the affimative forms ( WAS/WERE ABLE TO and COULD).

     

    English people use COULD for general ability in the past, during a period of time, but WAS/WERE ABLE TO for success in one situation.

     

    OK ? 

     

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