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.

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Hi students welcome back and welcome to all the new students. I’m Julia your
online English teacher and I’m here to introduce lesson 9 to you. Today’s
grammar point is the modal verb can. Now this is a great way to start with the
modal’s. The modal verbs are slightly different
to other verbs they’re part of the group of auxiliary verbs. So a modal verb is an
auxillary verb it’s it’s quite a peculiar verb, it helps us express things and the
way that we use can in a sentence is a little different to other verbs. And you
can’t say he can’t it doesn’t exist he can so a few things which may surprise
you so just accept it modal verbs are different so don’t expect to conjugate
them or use them in the same way. But they are so useful so it’s worth the
effort so that’s your grand goal today. As usual
you will have a dialogue, story and pretext to present you in everyday
vocabulary and play around with that grammar point in context. Afterwards the
main keywords will have been separated in the vocabulary part of the video. So
don’t rush through any of the sections of the video, the vocabulary for example
is quite slow it’s to give you the opportunity to put the subtitles in your
own language translate the words understand them but also the seconds
that follow each word and they are there to give you the opportunity to read out
loud, maybe write the word down. So you know writing and speaking and you can
work on both those language skills after the vocabulary you will have the grammar
point thoroughly explained. So here today the modal verb can after that the QA is
just another speaking practice opportunity you can mimic you can imitate you can
repeat what the characters are saying it would just help you with fluency with
confidence and also just memorize sentences which are already perfectly
made. It’s like okay I know that there are no mistakes here I can use it with
confidence and then we will coincide again you and I for the recap part of
this lesson where I will appear again and I will deliver a short tutorial on
the grammar points of the day, the vocabulary sometimes most of the time I
stick to the topic and the grammar point of the day .And sometimes I think oh
there’s an opportunity there to talk about something for laces that’s
slightly different. Okay so I will see you a little later
I let you study and don’t hesitate to post any comments that you may have at
this point you are a beginner it’s normal to have lots of doubts so I
highly recommend that you repeat that you do the exercises to practice that
you use the subtitles in English and in your language. So all these things are
important but also if you have questions asked okay don’t just get stuck and
think okay this is it I’m stopping here no ask your questions and do all the
other things that I said before repeat write practice but also come to us for
help. So post those doubts there’s questions in the comment section below
all right guys I’ll see you a little later for a recap bye for now.


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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Exercises Lesson 9

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice

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