The English verb 'can' is pronounced as [kæn].
Related to: irregular verbs, modal verbs.
3 forms of verb can: Infinitive (can), Past Simple - (could), Past Participle - (been able).
Here are the past tense forms of the verb can
👉 Forms of verb can in future and past simple and past participle.
❓ What is the past tense of can.
Can: Past, Present, and Participle Forms
|Base Form||Past Simple||Past Participle|
been able [ˈbɪn eɪbl]
What are the 2nd and 3rd forms of the verb can?
🎓 What are the past simple, future simple, present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect forms of the base form (infinitive) 'can'?
Learn the three forms of the English verb 'can'
- the first form (V1) is 'can' used in present simple and future simple tenses.
- the second form (V2) is 'could' used in past simple tense.
- the third form (V3) is 'been able' used in present perfect and past perfect tenses.
What are the past tense and past participle of can?
The past tense and past participle of can are: can in past simple is could, and past participle is been able.
What is the past tense of can?
The past tense of the verb "can" is "could", and the past participle is "been able".
Past simple — can in past simple could
Future simple — can in future simple is can (will + V1).
Present Perfect — can in present perfect tense is been able (have/has + V3).
Past Perfect — can in past perfect tense is been able (had + V3).
can regular or irregular verb?
👉 Is 'can' a regular or irregular verb? The verb 'can' is irregular verb.
Examples of Verb can in Sentences
- It can take 3 hours to 3 days (Present Simple)
- All he could do is watch and listen (Past Simple)
- Could Ossie ride a bike? (Past Simple)
- Can I have this book with me? (Present Simple)
- That means he can give you official protection (Present Simple)
- I haven't been able to get this (Present Perfect)
- He has never been able to do that (Present Perfect)
- We will can it, package and sell to people (Future Simple)
- My husband can not leave this state (Present Simple)
- Your friends can relax in our comfortable rooms (Present Simple)