The Modal Verb Can
'Can' is a modal verb used to talk about 'abilities' in the present.
After 'can' the base form of the verb is used. For example:
The negative form of can is 'can not' and the contracted form is 'can't'. Take a look at the examples:
You can also use 'cannot'. But it's rather formal.
Do not use do/does/did in questions or negative sentences with 'can'.
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