Can as a future?

Answer: You can’t. “I can” exists only in the present tense and means “I am able to.” To express the future tense of “I can” you must say “I will” or “I will be able to.” Examples: “Yesterday I could do it.” “Today I can do it.” “Tomorrow I will [be able to] do it.

Can to express future?

As we also mentioned previously, the modal verb “can” or in future “to be able to” can also be used to express ability as well as possibility. Examples: You will be able to swim very well if you practise every weekend. She will be able to type very fast when she finishes her course.

When we can use can?

Can is also used to suggest something might happen in the future (“If you finish your homework, we can go to the movies.”). Can, like could and would, is used to ask a polite question, but can is only used to ask permission to do or say something (“Can I borrow your car?” “Can I get you something to drink?”).

Can be present tense?

The simple answer is that ‘can’ is the present tense. In fact, ‘can’, along with ‘could’, ‘would’, ‘will’, ‘shall’, ‘should’, ‘may’, ‘might’ and a few others, belong to a class of verbs called modal auxiliaries. As the name suggests, they always go with other verbs and they express a mood or attitude.

What tenses can be used to express future tense in English?

Today we’re going to look at four future tenses: the future simple, the future continuous, the future perfect and the future perfect continuous.

How are future tense verbs formed?

There are no inflected forms for the future in English (nothing like those -ed or -s endings in the other tenses). Instead, the future tense employs the helping verbs will or shall with the base form of the verb: She will leave soon. We shall overcome.

What is the future tense of ‘can’?

For me, ‘could’ is a more logical future tense of ‘can’, because ‘will be able to’ is the future tense of ‘can’ when we talk about ability. So when we talk about possibility, we have to use ‘could’ to express ‘can’ in the future.

How do you use future tense in a sentence?

We can use future tense verbs to both refer to events that we know will happen and events that we think will happen. Depending on the sentence, you can also use future tense verbs to say that something that is happening now or has happened in the past will happen again in the future.

Why do we use “can” in the future?

As explained in unit 80 of ABA’s complete course, we use “can” to express possibility or ability. It is a modal verb which in turn means that when we conjugate it in the future, it cannot be used with the normal future auxiliary verb “will” but in another way.

What is the future tense of the modal verb can?

All of these modal verbs are applied to other “real” verbs to express shades of tense, and in this case the shade is “ability”: it’s possible for this to happen. There is no future tense of can or any of the other invariant modals. Sometimes could is said to be the conditional of can, and would of will, though.