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Confusing Pairs of Verbs Can and may let and leave lie and lay teach and learn rise and raise sit and set

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Can and May n Can means “to be able to.” n May means “to be allowed to,” “to be permitted to,” or “to have the possibility of.”

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Can means to be able to. n Can you tell me what time it is? n Are you able to tell me what time it is?

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May means “to be allowed to,” or “to be permitted to.” n May I help you? n Allow or permit me to help you.

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Let and Leave n Let means “to allow” or “to permit. let, let, let. n Leave means “to depart” or “to let stay or let be.” leave, left, left

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Let means “to allow” or “to permit.” n Let me show you how to use the computer. n Allow me to show you how to use the computer.

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Leave means “to depart” or “to let stay or let be.” n The train will leave at noon. n The train will depart at noon.

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Lie and Lay Lie means “to recline” or “to rest.” lie, lay, lain. Lay means “to put” or “to place.” lay, laid, laid.

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Lie means “to recline” or “to rest.” n I lie on the ship’s deck. n I rest or recline on the ship’s deck.

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Lay means “to put” or “to place.” n Sarah will lay the package on the table. n Sarah will put or place the package on the table.

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Teach and Learn nTnTeach means “to show how” or “to explain.” teach, taught, taught. nLnLearn means “to understand” or “to gain knowledge.” learn, learned, learned.

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Teach means “to show how” or “to explain.” n I will teach you. n I will show you how or explain.

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Learn means “to understand” or “to gain knowledge.” n You can learn eaisly. n You can understand or gain knowledge easily.

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Rise and Raise n Rise means “to get up”or “to go up.” rise, rose, risen n Raise means to lift something up. raise, raised, raised

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Rise means to “get up” or “to go up.” n The oil will rise from the ground. n The oil will go up from the ground.

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Raise means to lift something up. n He will raise his hand. n He will lift up his hand.

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Sit and Set n Sit means “to rest.” sit, sat n Set means “to place” or “to put.” set, set

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Sit means “to rest.” n He will sit at the computer for hours. n He will rest at the computer for hours.

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Set means “to place” or “to put.” n Please set the trap down gently. n Please place or put the trap down gently.

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