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Unit 3C: If at first you don´t succeed.... Can CAN CAN Different uses: Different uses: Abilities or capacities (to know or to be able to). Abilities or.

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1 Unit 3C: If at first you don´t succeed...

2 Can CAN CAN Different uses: Different uses: Abilities or capacities (to know or to be able to). Abilities or capacities (to know or to be able to). Mary can swim very fast. Mary can swim very fast. Request, ask or give permission Request, ask or give permission Can you call me tonight ? Can you call me tonight ? Possibility Possibility I can meet you later. I can meet you later. It can also be used for suggestions. It can also be used for suggestions. You can eat ravioli if you like pasta. You can eat ravioli if you like pasta.

3 Could It is the past of can and it is used to express: It is the past of can and it is used to express: Ability or capacity in the past Ability or capacity in the past She could run fast when she was a child She could run fast when she was a child Polite request Polite request Could you help me with these suitcases? Could you help me with these suitcases? Polite suggestion Polite suggestion You could exercise and eat healthier food You could exercise and eat healthier food Possibility –less probable than with can- Possibility –less probable than with can- Mark could join us in the cinema. Mark could join us in the cinema.

4 Be able to Be able to It expresses abilities like can and it is used in all the verbal tenses where can is not used. It expresses abilities like can and it is used in all the verbal tenses where can is not used. I was able to finish my homework on time I was able to finish my homework on time DIFFERENCE CAN and DIFFERENCE CAN and BE ABLE TO ( in the past) In a (+) past simple sentence, if we refer to something difficult that someone succeeded in doing on a specific occasion, we use be able to (or managed to) In a (+) past simple sentence, if we refer to something difficult that someone succeeded in doing on a specific occasion, we use be able to (or managed to) Although the space was very small, he was able to ( or managed to) park there. IN THIS CONTEXT, COULD IS NOT POSSIBLE

5 END OF THE PRESENTATION Please now work on the exercises you will find on page 135 Please now work on the exercises you will find on page 135


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