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GRAMMAR: 'Can' Helping Verb

EXAMPLE: Can you...? Yes, I can. No, I can't.

DATE ADDED: Feb 09, 2011


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10-20 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: This quick game is used to get students to practice saying "Can you...?" questions and responses.



  • One piece of paper per group.



  1. After dividing the class into groups and giving each group one piece of paper, have them write ten verbs and ten things, anything is okay.
  2. Quickly review the meaning of 'can' and how to ask questions and respond.
  3. On the board, write: "Yes, I can," and "No, I can't."
  4. Start with "Yes, I can." If a student asks you a question and your response is "Yes, I can," that group gets one point. If the answer is "No, I can't." the group loses a point.
  5. There is one trick to this game. If a student asks a question like "Can you eat a dog?" the answer is technically 'yes', but explain you don't want to. If a student asks "Can you have a hospital?" absolutely the answer is 'yes', you just don't have the money to.
  6. After some time, switch to "No, I can't." responses earn one point where as "Yes, I can." responses will get a negative point.
  7. After a while the students will catch on that you're looking for silly, ridiculous, impossible situations, and it should lead to lots of laughter, especially after you tell your kids that sure, you absolutely can cook a TV, you just can't eat it.


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