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AUXILIARY VERB - "CAN"
Uses of - CAN
 
It is used only in the present tense. It shows ability, possibility or capacity to do a work and also used for request and orders and sometimes ask or give permission. It goes with all (3) persons. ie. (First , Second and Third person).
 
Examples
Can : Possibility and Ability  
She can drive a car.  
Jimmy can speak Spanish.  
He can be waiting at station for me.  
I cannot hear you. (I can't hear you.)  
 
Normally, we use can for the present. But it is possible to use can when we make present decisions about future ability.
Can you help me with my homework ? - present tense
Sorry. I'm busy today. But I can help you tomorrow. - future tense
   
Can : Requests and Orders  
We often use can in a question to ask somebody to do something. This is not a real question - we do not really want to know if the person is able to do something, we want them to do it! The use of can in this way is informal.
Examples
Can you be quiet!  
Can you make a cup of tea, please.  
Can you put the TV on.  
Can you come here a minute.  
   
Can : Permission  
We sometimes use can to ask or give permission for something.
Examples
Can I do this work ?  
Can I smoke in this area ?  
You can't smoke here, but you can smoke there.  
Can I do this work ?  
You can go.  
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