The modal verb can explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 9.

English Beginners Course Lesson 9

This English tutorial is focusing on the modal verb can and modal like expressions.


modal verb can
English Beginners Course on the modal verb “can”

1/ English Sentence Practice

WOMAN: Can I help you?

MAN: Yes, you can help me.

WOMAN: How can I help you?

MAN: You can help me with my workload. My workload is very heavy. You are quick and I am slow. Thank you.

WOMAN: I am thirsty. What can I have?

MAN: You can have a cup of tea. We can have a break. Can you sit:

WOMAN: No, I can’t. I can now. Can Janet have a cup of tea?

MAN: No, she can’t.

WOMAN: Why can’t she?

MAN: She is not here. She can have a cup of tea this afternoon.

WOMAN: I can’t help you now.

MAN: When can you help me? You can send an email.

WOMAN: Can I see the email?

MAN: No, you can’t yet. Can you now?

WOMAN: No, I still can’t. Now I can, thank you.

English Vocabulary

2/ English Vocabulary Practice

  • To help
  • To work
  • A cup of tea – cups of tea
  • Busy
  • A workload – workloads
  • To send
  • To see
  • An email – emails
  • A seat – seats
  • To sit
  • Quick
  • Slow
  • A break – breaks
  • To have a break
  • Now
  • To speak
  • To drive
  • A car – cars
  • To come
  • A party – parties

English Grammar modal verb can

3/ Can

The modal verb can is a very useful verb. It is a modal verb which means that it is used to denote the mood of a verb, giving it more nuance, more subtle meaning(s).

“Can” can be used to express:

  1. general ability: I ca n speak English and Spanish.
  2. a request: Ca n you pass me the salt?
  3. an offer: Ca n I help you?
  4. possibility: I ca n come to your party. or impossibility: It can’t be Fred’s car. His car is red.
  5. permission: You ca n use my pen (you are allowed to use my pen).
  6. prohibition: You can’t do that! (you are not allowed to do that)

“can” has two negative forms:

  • cannot
  • can’t

“CAN” in the present simple

I can

you can

he / she / it can

we can

you can

they can


Affirmative > Negative > Question

I can speak English and Spanish > I can’t speak Portuguese and Chinese > Can you speak several languages?

You can drive my car. > You can’t drive my car. > Can I drive your car?

I can come to your party. > I can’t come to your party. > Can you come to my party?

English Speaking Practise

4/ Questions and Answers

Can I have a cup of tea?
No, you cannot have a cup of tea.

What can I have?
You can have a cup of coffee because I have no tea.

Can you help me please?
Yes, I can help you.

How can I help you?
Can you send an email for me?

Can you send it now?
No, I cannot send it now. I have a break.

Can you send it now?
No, I still can’t send it.

Can Janet send the email?
No, she cannot but I can, I can send it now.

Are you quick?
No, I am slow.

Can you help me this afternoon?
No, I cannot, I am not here this afternoon.

Can you help me tomorrow morning?
Yes, I can help you tomorrow morning.

English Lesson 9 recap with Julia ​

Hi guys! Welcome back! Today let’s do a review of lesson 9 together!

So as usual, I’ve compiled different words. I have made little lists of words for us to review together so as to help you pronounce them correctly and gain more confidence.

Let’s start off with the work lingo, or business vocabulary if you prefer. We will start off with the easy word:

  • work
  • workload
  • email
  • break
  • busy

Now let’s look at the verbs that are in today’s texts (the dialogue and the grammar). I have combined the vocabulary from both texts. Let’s look at the verbs! Pronounce after me!

Repeat after me!

  • can
  • come
  • drive
  • help
  • see
  • speak

Some more random words, just to practise!

Repeat after me:

  • now
  • quick
  • slow
  • a cup of tea

That’s it for today! Thanks for watching! I’ll see you soon!

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Possessive adjectives explained English Beginners course Lesson 5.
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Some any every exercise explained in our English Beginners Course 7.
Possessive pronouns explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 8
The modal verb can explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 9.
Positive present simple explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 10
Questions in the negative form explained in English Beginners Course 11.
Countable nouns vs uncountable nouns explained in English Beginners 12.
Positive form of present simple explained in English Beginners Course 13.
Present simple tense explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 14
The form of present continuous explained in English Beginners Course 15.

Exercises Lesson 9

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice

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