Structure (Expressing Ability)


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In today’s English Language class, We will be learning about RExpressing Ability Using “can”, “be able” and “capable of”. We hope you enjoy the class!


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STRUCTURE: Expressing Ability using “can”, “be able” and “capable of”


“Can” is a modal auxiliary that can be used to express ability; i.e. what somebody/one is able to do. For example:

  1. Can you play the piano?
  2. I can hear someone calling
  3. She should be able to play the piano.
  4. They haven’t been able to get much work done today.
  5. We were not able to locate the place.
  6. I could see there was something wrong.
  7. I can’t do the work alone.
  8. He’s quite capable of lying to get out of trouble.
  9. She’s capable of organizing the party.
  10. She’s never capable of doing anything well.


Note that:

It is wrong to use “can” and “be able to” together in sentences e.g.

  • I can’t be able to do the work.
  • They can’t be able to get the book.



  • Correct the following sentences:
  • Can she be able to do it?
  • I couldn’t be able to solve the problem
  • We were not able to complete the forms yesterday.
  • He can’t unable to do the work.
  • Write three sentences of your own using can, able to and capable of to express ability.


Reference: English Grammar for JSS By Olatunbosun; The New Student’s Companion for Secondary School by Chris Talbet; Oxford Advanced learner’s \Dictionary.


Reading Assignment: Read “Special use of Auxiliary Verbs” on pages 48- 49 of Olatunbosun’s English Grammar for JSS Book 3.



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