Verb Types: Modal Verbs – Ability*

Verb Types: Modal Verbs - Ability

April 4, 2019

Native English Instructor

Written by Douglas Shaw

Modal verbs to express ability: Use can, be able to and could to show that someone has (or doesn’t have) an ability to do something.

cancouldwas able to

 

Using Modal verbs to express ability:

Use can, be able to and could to show that someone has (or doesn’t have) an ability to do something.

cancouldwas able to

e.g. – Can

  • I can speak three languages, English, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesian.

e.g. – Could

  • Bobby could ride a bicycle when he was three years old.

e.g. – Was able to

  • I was able to drive a semi-truck when I was ten years old.



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