英会話のコツ: Abilities

We use can/can't + the base form of the verb to talk about abilities or talents.  There are many things that a person can or can't do, and some people seem to be more talented than others.  It all depends on what you think is a useful ability.

*When talking about something general (ex. cats), use plural.

 

Examples:

(Positive sentences)

  • Usain Bolt can run very fast.
  • Martha Stewart can barbecue watermelons.
  • Foxes can dig holes.
  • Nasa's Orion (spacecraft) can reach Mars.
  • Computers can predict speech patterns.
  • Lions can climb trees.

(Negative sentences)

  • McDonald's can't make healthy food.
  • Batman can't surf.
  • Chimpanzees can't fly.
  • Facebook can't detect lies.
  • Jennifer Lawrence can't cook.
  • Bees can't swim.

What are your abilities, or special talents?  

What can't you do that you'd like to be able to do?

 

- Samantha