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Learn British English Free: can; could; to be …

Learn British English Free: can; could; to be able to
(subtitles / captions)

Chris presents some ideas about different ways to use
can, could and to be able to.

CAN = modal verb

I can do it or I can’t (cannot) do it

can’t use it in the past

can for permission: Can I go out? You can’t smoke here
(instruction)

can for ability: I can speak three languages or I can’t
speak three languages

can in the future: I can see you tomorrow

COULD = can in the past  (modal verb)

I could come or I couldn’t (could not) come (past)

could for questions (more polite):

Could you do that outside, please?

could = can in the past: I could do that when I was
younger

couldn’t for something you don’t want to do:

I couldn’t make
fun of him (it is possible but I don’t want to)

TO BE ABLE TO is possible with the past and future – not
a modal verb

able – ability (noun)

I’m able to see him now or I’m not able to see him now

use with future + will:

I will be able to come tomorrow

I won’t be able to come tomorrow

use to be able to in the past:

I was able to do that when I was younger

I used to be able to do that

‘can’ is more common than ‘be able to’ because it’s
shorter and more useful

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-modals-can-could-able.htm

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/can-or-could

https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/07/01/can-or-could/

Learn British English Free: ‘bitch&rsq…

Learn British English Free: ‘bitch’ – rude (subtitles / captions)

Chris explains some meanings of the word ‘bitch’.
pronunciation: ‘bitch’ or ‘beach’
a bitch (noun)
– female dog
– a complaint
– slang for an unkind or unpleasant woman (rude)
to bitch (about someone)
bitchy (adjective)

Refreshing vocabulary lesson: ‘petrichor’ /ˈpɛ…

Refreshing vocabulary lesson: ‘petrichor’ /ˈpɛtrɪkɔːr/

petrichor = the smell of rain on dry ground

example: ‘I love the smell of petrichor in the morning’

British conversations.

British conversations.

Via http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/

World Cup Fever: it’s coming home (with subtit…

World Cup Fever: it’s coming home (with subtitles /
captions)

Football song but the Lightning Seeds and Baddiel and
Skinner in 1996.

Three Lions on a Shirt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJqimlFcJsM

30 years of hurt = 1966 – 1996 (30 years) – 52 years now!

The three lions = the England football team

That tackle by Moore = Bobby Moore

When Lineker scored = Gary Lineker

Bobby belting the ball = Bobby Charlton

World Cup Fever: vocabulary for World Cup st…

World Cup Fever: vocabulary for World Cup stages

via: http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/

Chris explains the first verse of ’God S…

Chris explains the first verse of ’God Save the Queen’.

God Save the Queen’ (standard version)
Performed at Harry and Meghan’s wedding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNZR2RFA2zM

God save our gracious Queen!
Long live our noble Queen!
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen!

Modern English Grammar: ‘this’ and…

Modern English Grammar: ‘this’ and ‘that’ (with captions)

https://youtu.be/2-tD-cAZtUs

World Cup idioms:

World Cup idioms:

http://www.learnbritishenglish.co.uk/learn-british-english-free-world-cup-idioms-visual/

Heatwave in the UK!

Heatwave in the UK!