Translation of "can" - English-Spanish dictionary

can

modal verb uk strong /kæn/ us /kæn/ weak /kən, kn/ us /kæn/

A1 to be able to do something

poder, saber
Can you drive?
I can’t swim.

A1 used to request something

poder
Can I have a glass of water?

A1 used in polite offers of help

poder
Can I help you with those bags?

A1 to be allowed to do something

poder
You can’t park here.
Can I go now?

A2 used to talk about what is possible

poder
You can get stamps from the post office.
it can’t be, you can’t have, etc.

B1 used to show surprise or lack of belief

no puede ser que, no puede ser que tú hayas, etc.
You can’t possibly be hungry already!

used to talk about how someone often behaves or what something is often like

poder
She can be really rude at times.
noun uk /kæn/ us /kæn/

A2 UK also tin a metal container for food

lata
a can of soup

A2 a metal container for drinks

lata
a can of Coke

(Translation of “can” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

can

verb /kӕn/ (negative can’t /kaːnt/, cannot /ˈkӕnət/)

to be able to

poder
You can do it if you try hard.

to know how to

saber
Can you drive a car?

(usually may) to have permission to

poder, estar permitido
You can go on the trip if you behave yourself.

used in questions to indicate surprise, disbelief etc

poder
What can he be doing all this time?

(Translation of “can” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)