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Most common English words: then « A « should « #81: can » made » did » such

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Middle English can (first and third person singular of cunnen, connen "to be able, know how") from Old English can(n), first and third person singular of cunnan (to know how). More at canny, cunning.

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Infinitive
-

Third person singular
can

Simple past
could

Past participle
couth (obsolete except in adjective use)

Present participle
-

- (third-person singular simple present can, present participle -, simple past could, past participle couth (obsolete except in adjective use))
  1. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To know how to; to be able to.
    She can speak English, French, and German.
    I can play football.
    Can you remember your fifth birthday?
  2. (modal auxiliary verb, defective, informal) May; to be permitted or enabled to.
    You can go outside and play when you're finished with your homework.
    Can I use your pen?
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To know.
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For missing forms, substitute inflected forms of be able to, as:

  • I might be able to go.
  • I was able to go yesterday.
  • I had been able to go before.
  • I will be able to go tomorrow.

The word could also suffices in many tenses. "I would be able to go" is equivalent to "I could go", and "I was not able to go" can be rendered "I couldn't go". (Unless there is a clear indication otherwise, "could verb" means "would be able to verb", but "couldn't verb" means "was/were not able to verb".)

The present tense negative can not is often contracted to cannot or can't.

The use of can in asking permission is sometimes criticized as being impolite or incorrect by those who favour the more formal alternative "may I...?".

Can is sometimes used rhetorically to issue a command, placing the command in the form of a request. For instance, "Can you hand me that pen?" as a polite substitution for "Hand me that pen."

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Middle English < Old English canne (glass, container, cup).

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a can (1)

Singular
Can

Plural
Cans

Can (plural Cans)
  1. A more or less cylindrical vessel for liquids, usually of steel or aluminium.
  2. A container used to carry and dispense water for plants (a watering can).
  3. A tin-plate canister, often cylindrical, for preserved foods such as fruit, meat, or fish.
  4. (US, euphemism) toilet, bathroom.
  5. (US, euphemism) buttocks.
  6. (slang) headphones
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  • (cyclindrical metal container): tin (British & Australian at least)
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Infinitive
to Can

Third person singular
Cans

Simple past
canned

Past participle
canned

Present participle
canning

to Can (third-person singular simple present Cans, present participle canning, simple past and past participle canned)
  1. To preserve, by heating and sealing in a can or jar.
    They spent August canning fruit and vegetables.
  2. to discard, scrap or terminate (an idea, project, etc.).
    He canned the whole project because he thought it would fail.
  3. To shut up.
    Can your gob.
  4. (US, euphemism) To fire or dismiss an employee.
    The boss canned him for speaking out.
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Can [[Category:Patrono:Aa nouns|Can]]

  1. milk

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From Persian جان (jân), soul, vital spirit, life), whence also Turkish can and Armenian [[ջան#Patrono:Hy|ջան]] (ǰan).

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Can (Cyrillic spelling ҹан)

  1. soul, spirit
  2. being, creature, life
  3. body
  4. force, vigour

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cān

  1. Where.

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From Latin canis.

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Can m. (plural Cans)

  1. dog

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Singular
Can

Plural
Canes

Can (plural Canes)
  1. dog
  2. cock, hammer (of a firearm)

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  • IPA: [kan̪ˠ]

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Can

  1. To sing.

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Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
can chan gcan
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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can m. (plural cani)

  1. (poetic and literary form of cane) dog

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can

  1. Nonstandard spelling of cān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of cán.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of cǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of càn.

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English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


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Can m. (plural Cans)

  1. dog, hound

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Can (present participle form cantainn)

  1. say

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From Latin canis. Compare Aromanian cãne, Portuguese cão.

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Can m. (plural canes)

Singular
Can m.

Plural
canes m.

  1. dog, hound

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From Persian جان (jân), soul, vital spirit, life).

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Can (definite accusative Canı, plural Canlar)

  1. soul, life, being
  2. sweetheart

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Can [[Category:Patrono:Cy adjectives|Can]]

  1. bleached, white
  2. hundred

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Can m. (plural caniau

  1. a can
  2. flour

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Patrono:Cy-mut

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