Can past tense

3 forms of the verb can English verb can [kæn].
Relate to: irregular verbs, modal verbs.
3 forms of verb can: Infinitive (can), Past Simple - (could), Past Participle - (been able).

Forms of verb can in past tenses

👉 Forms of verb can in future and past simple and past participle.
❓ What is the past tense of can.

Three forms of verb can

Base Form Past Simple Past Participle
can [kæn]

could [kʊd]

been able [ˈbɪn eɪbl]

What is 2nd and 3rd form of can?

🎓 Base Form (Infinitive) can in Past Simple, Future Simple, Present Perfect, Past Perfect, Future Perfect?

  • First form (V1) - can. (Present simple, Future Simple)
  • Second form (V2) - could. (Past simple)
  • Third form (V3) - been able. (Present perfect, Past perfect)

What are the past tense and past participle of can?

The past tense of can is: can in past simple is could. and past participle is been able.

What is the past tense of can?

The past tense of can is could.
The past participle of can is been able.

Verb Tenses

Past simple — can in past simple could. (V2)
Future simple — can in future simple can. (will + V1)
Present Perfect — can in present perfect tense been able. (have\has + V3)
Past Perfect — can in past perfect tense been able. (had + V3)

can regular or irregular verb?

👉 Is can an irregular 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)

Along with can, words are popular ride and buy.

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