Modal verbs

Bruce Springsteen, If I should fall behind Level: B2 (Upper Intermediate) – American English Practise modal verbs with this Bruce Springsteen song, including modal verbs used in reported speech, the first conditional, ability and the future. Glossary “come what may“: whatever happens “stay in stride“: remain united

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Can

I can swim.

Can is a modal verb and so always has the same form: I can You can We can You can He can She can It can They can After can we use the base form of the verb. Examples: I can swim. She can speak Spanish. The negative form of can is can’t. We use can to talk about ability and permission. Ability They can drive. She can’t use a computer. Permission He can’t go to […]

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Ability – can, could, to be able to

We use can and could to talk about ability. We use can in the present and could in the past. can She can play the guitar. Can you speak Spanish? They can’t ride a bike. could She could read when she was three. My grandmother could play the piano very well. They couldn’t come last year because of the bad weather. Can and could are modal verbs and so have no infinitive, gerund or past […]

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