字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Hello, and welcome to today's Grammar Gameshow! I'm your host, Will! If a toucan can cancan, then two toucans can cancan too! And of course, let's not forget Leslie, our all-knowing voice in the sky. Hello, everyone! Tonight we're going to ask you three questions about… Can! That tiny modal verb with such a range of meanings! OK! Now, let's meet our contestants! Hello, all. My name is Bill! And contestant number two? It's nice to meet you. I'm Denise! OK, let's get going, and don't forget you can play along at home too. Round one. Can is a modal verb with many uses. I'm going to give you the use and you have to give me an example. Ready? Can for permission. You can sit wherever you like. Correct! Can for a request. Can Dad pick me up from school today? Correct! Can for a possibility. We can't be lost! We've got a map! Correct! Can for an ability. I can hold my breath for two minutes. Correct! Wow! Two minutes, eh? Well, go ahead. Prove it! What? Two minutes you said. If you want any points, you're going to have to prove it. Ready? Go! And now for a surprise bonus question. True or false: 'Can' can be used to talk about typical or common behaviour, just like the present simple. It's not two minutes yet! True. Correct! Use this sentence to give us an example: John is often quite rude. John can be quite rude at times. Correct! It's not two minutes yet! Leslie? Good job! Can and can't are modal verbs meaning they're always followed by an infinitive and don't change to show person or time. They are useful verbs, and can be used to talk about permissions, requests and offers, possibility and impossibility, abilities and typical behaviour. It all depends on the context! Three… two… one! Well, now that's… two minutes! Well, well done! 40 quarters of a point for you. On to round two. 'Can' is not often used to refer to an action happening at the moment of speaking, but it can be done! Which type of verb when combined with 'can' allows us to talk about certain actions happening at the moment of speaking? I need to sit down. I can see stars. Can you hear ringing? Two very good examples, but I'm still waiting for a verb form. Oh! Verbs of the senses! Leslie? Correct! The sense verbs see, hear, smell, taste and feel, are not usually used in the continuous form when referring to perception. When we want to talk about seeing or hearing at the moment of speaking, we use 'can'. For example, I can see my house from here! That's why we put you there, Leslie. Always seeing, never reaching! It keeps you hungry. Well done, Bill. Have 60 points divided by 60. Let's move on to our third round. And this question is worth a thousand points. So if you get this one, you'll probably win the game! Which word combines with 'can' to produce a verb phrase which means that a person is unable to control themselves even though they want to? Help! No, I'm afraid that's not allowed. No matter what, I can't help. Not 'help'. Can't help! Exactly! Bill? The verb phrase is 'can't help' Excellent! Can you give us an example? I can't help eating the occasional slice of cake. Gosh! I haven't had cake since… but that was such a long time ago. Leslie? Well done! The verb phrase 'can't help' means that despite trying, a person is unable to resist doing something. For example, I can't help calling towards my house, even though I know, they can't hear me. You do make a racket Leslie! It's like music to my ears. And that brings us to the end of today's Grammar Gameshow. Let's count out the points. And the winner is… Bill! Well done! Here's what you've won! It's a can -dy cane! We'll see you again next week, where you can play for another prize. And Denise, your can-do attitude almost saw you through. Anything to say? Help? Sorry. I can't help. Fire the cannons! It looks like we'll need another contestant. Thanks for joining us. Say goodbye, Leslie. Na shledanou, Leslie. See you next time.