what are the different forms of the verb can in the future ?

asked Jan 25 '13 at 02:26 Diallo Mamadou aliou New member

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I would just add two points of clarification.


It is possible to use can to connote future ability in one, and only one, context: when discussing future plans and arrangements.  I can meet you for lunch next Tuesday.  She can't come to the party tomorrow because she has to work.


In all other senses of future ability, Tolley is absolutely correct that the verb phrase you need is will be able.  


The other clarification is that will be able is always followed by to + an infinitive verb.    I will be able to speak Russian fluently by the time I graduate.

link comment edited Jan 25 '13 at 03:56 Shawn Mooney Expert

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