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‘Can you swim?’ ‘No I can’t.’
Ingrid could play the violin by the time she was six.
The machine can translate simple messages into 24 different languages.
They couldn’t afford to pay for a proper funeral.
The UN has promised to help as much as it can.
Paul could hear someone calling his name.
There have been May Day celebrations here for as long as anyone can remember.
How can I possibly refuse such a charming invitation?
Can there be any doubt about his intentions?
When he slams the door like that, it can mean only one thing – trouble.
The hotel can’t be far from here.
Surely he can’t have forgotten about the wedding!
You can borrow my calculator if you want.
Anyone aged 18 or over can vote in a general election.
You can’t sit there. Those seats are reserved.
Only the President could order the armed forces into battle.
Can you tell me where Mr Lawson’s office is?
Can I have another piece of that delicious cake?
Can I offer you something to drink?
Can I make a suggestion?
We can’t go on borrowing money when there’s no hope of ever paying it back.
These men cannot be allowed to profit from their criminal activities.
He can’t be here already! I haven’t even started getting dressed.
Of course I’m not deceiving you. How can you say such a thing!
I can’t tell you how relieved I am to know that everyone is safe.
You can guess how I felt when he said I was too old.
I can’t believe she told him that.
If he doesn’t want to come to work on time, he can go and look for another job.
No can do, I’m afraid – I need the boss’s signature for that.
Who can be phoning us at this time of night?
They should have been here an hour ago. What can have happened to them?
This is the British English definition of can. View American English definition of can.