I can, I can’t

Modals – can and can’t

  1. Where does it go? Find the activities and write them in the correct boxes.

I know lots of sports. I can swim and I can play football. I can play basketball too because we are learning at school! But I can’t play baseball. We don’t have baseball lessons at my school. What else can I do? Well, I can’t speak German or French but I can speak English of course!

Things I can do. Things I can’t do.
Swim Play football Play basketball Speak English   Play baseball Speak German or French

We can use can and can’t to talk about abilities in the present.

  • Make it right!

Find the mistake, underline it and write the correct word.

a. I can swimming. ____swim________

b. She cans ride a bike. _______can____________

c. Can you to play cricket? ________play__________

d. He not can speak English. _________can’t__________

e. Can swim they fast? _________can they__________

 f. She can’t ate 20 cakes! ________eat___________

g. He can to cook dinner. _________cook__________

 3. Make sentences!

Make sentences which are true for you. Write two extra sentences with your own ideas!

a. speak English: I can speak English.

b. drive a car: I can’t drive a car.

c. swim: I can swim.  

d. play tennis: I can play tennis.

e. ride a bike: I can ride a bike.

f. play chess: I can play chess.

g. make a cake: I can’t make a cake.

h. I can play football.

i.  I can’t speak German.

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