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  • Hi there. Welcome to Harry's World of Words and Phrases and English in a Minute.

  • Today, we're looking at the differences between 'able to' and 'can'.

  • When we use them in the Present tense, in fact, there is no difference.

  • 'I am able to.' 'I can.' Means exactly the same.

  • Let me give you an example.

  • 'I am able to cook.' 'I can cook.'

  • Exactly the same meaning.

  • Where there is a difference is when we use them in the past tense.

  • 'Can' does not have a past format, so we have to change can to 'could'.

  • So, talking about our example of cooking again.

  • 'I was able to cook when I was 10' - past tense.

  • 'I could cook when I was 10' - the past format of 'can'.

  • Okay, so no difference when we use them in the present tense; there is a difference where we use them in the past tense.

  • And if you wanted to look at the future tense, again, there's no difference.

  • 'I can meet you later.' 'I will be able to meet you later.'

  • Exactly the same.

  • But please don't make the mistake and say 'I can will' or 'I will can' because I often hear that, and it, and it's wrong.

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Difference between CAN and ABLE TO ~ Intermediate Level English #englishlessons

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