Teaching the Modal Verbs “Can” and “Can’t

When teaching the modal verbs “can” and “can’t,” it’s important to focus on their different uses and meanings. Here are some suggestions on how to teach these modal verbs effectively:

Teach the concept of ability:

  • Start by explaining that “can” is used to talk about general ability, something that a person is capable of doing at any time.
  • Give examples of abilities, such as swimming, playing an instrument, or speaking a foreign language.
  • Emphasize that “can” is used in positive statements to express what someone is able to do.

Teach the negative form “can’t”:

  • Explain that “can’t” is the negative form of “can” and is used to express inability or something that someone is not able to do.
  • Provide examples of things that someone can’t do, such as flying, speaking a certain language, or lifting heavy objects.
  • Highlight that “can’t” is used in negative statements to express what someone is unable to do.

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