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Discuss statements or questions with modal verbs: may, might, can, could, should, would, will, ought to, must, etc.

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"Can" is often used to show abiltiy. Here's an example I just thought up:
Teacher: Can you come to my office at 2:00?
Student: Actually I can't. I have class then.
Teacher: OK. How about 4:00? Can you come then?
Student: Sure I can.

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we can just hang out and have a good time

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I can come true my dreams. and I will.

I can do it.

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"I Can't Stop Thinking!"

by.http://www.scottmccloud.com/comics/icst/(from. yahoo.com)
This sentence means that I have a lot of thinking, so it is difficult to stop.

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He can play the piano.

- sungmoon Elementary English Grammar - (It is the name of book)


This sentence means that he is able to play the piano.

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Post by Yeon-Seon »

I can't find the two pencils.

mean : Two pencils are nonexistent.

This scntence com from 'newspaper'

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jinyoung wrote:
"I Can't Stop Thinking!"

by.http://www.scottmccloud.com/comics/icst/(from. yahoo.com)
This sentence means that I have a lot of thinking, so it is difficult to stop.
Sometimes I can't sleep because I can't stop thinking (usually about my classes or my websites).

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Yeon-Seon wrote:I can't find the two pencils.

mean : Two pencils are nonexistent.

This scntence com from 'newspaper'
Actually, the speaker probably believes that the two pencils do exist. S/he just doesn't know where they are. For example I know I have some business cards, but right now I can't find them.

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Sunmi wrote:I can come true my dreams. and I will.

I can do it.
I think it would be better to say:
My dreams can come true.
OR
I can make my dreams come true.

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Get quotes, ratings, analyst opinions, returns, performance charts, valuations, company financials, owners, news, and more. All from independent resource you can trust - Morningstar
link to source

An Sang Hyun

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If we unveil these buried mysteries,how can we have a clear view of history. -newsweek:Is it the Right Time to Wake the Emperor?-

meaning:We should excavate historical heritages.

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homework.

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A: I'm heading downtown. Can I give you a lift?
B: The way you drive, I'd rather take the bus.

http://www.stoo.com/html/stooview/2004/ ... 91215.html

'give someone lift' means take a ride. 'Can I give you a lift?' means I can take a ride for you.

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sanghyun wrote:
Get quotes, ratings, analyst opinions, returns, performance charts, valuations, company financials, owners, news, and more. All from independent resource you can trust - Morningstar
Morningstar is a famous financial company so they think people will trust them because of their reputation. That's why they say people can trust them.

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Can vs. May for Permission

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My father used to do this to me all of the time:
A: Dad, can I have some ice cream?
B: I don't know, can you?
A: You know what I mean. Is it OK? May I have some ice cream?
B: Yes, you may.

He was trying to get me to use may for permission and restrict can for use with ability only. Sorry, dad, it looks like everybody on the streets is ignoring your suggestion these days. :?

Permission:
Can I go to the movies with Brad? Please?
<or>
May I go ...
Ability:
Can you do a handstand?

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Post by LeeBoYoung(23) »

The Purpose of the study of economic is to define what can or cannot be done in the use of the wealth of nation.
//sungmon

ability- I can write with my left hand.
strong guess - The rumor cannot be true.
favor, request - Could you hlep me carry this bag?

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