Can – Negative form

You will study Can in Negative form.


Can – Negative form


Instructions: Read the following text. Look at the word in bold.

Folklore can’t be limited to just one element. It consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs that are the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group. It is also the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. The study of folklore is sometimes called folkloristics. In usage, there is a continuum between folklore and mythology.

Folklore of the United States. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from


Getting started: American folklore

Instructions: Read the following information about American folklore:

American folklore encompasses the folk traditions that have evolve on the North American continent since Europeans arrived in the 16th century. While it contains much in the way of Native American tradition, it should not be confused with the tribal beliefs of any community of native people. 

Folklore of the United States. Retrieved October, 2016 from

Instructions: Complete with the correct sentence.

1. American folklore can’t be understood

2. American folklore can’t be studied

3. American folklore can’t be confused

if we don’t consider Europeans' arrival.
without studying its history.
with tribal beliefs

Let’s learn how to use Can in the negative form.

Instructions: Look at the following information about the modal verb Can in the negative form:

Remember: The modal verb Can is used to express ability or possibility. The negative form is Can’t.

After Can’t the verb is in the simple form.

We use Can’t for all the personal pronouns.

Look at the word order in the positive form:

Subject Auxiliary Can + not Verb (Simple form) Complement.
I can't drive a car.
You can't dance Tango.
He can't speak French very well.
She can't play the piano.
It can't fly for long hours.
We can't be on time for the lecture.
They can't go to the congress together.


Instructions: Make negative sentences with the following statements.

  1. I / run very fast.
  2. David / work alone.
  3. The girls / sing in the party.
  4. My brother / swim very well.
  5. Mary / win the race.
  6. doneCheck


Instructions: Drag and drop the following words to make logical sentences with Can´t.

many He languages can´t speak
can´t She play basketball
well He draw very can´t
eat They can´t everything
to party can´t the We go


Evaluation: Native American folklore

Instructions: Fill in the gaps with can´t.

Native American cultures be known without myths and legends that explain natural phenomena and the relationship between humans and the spirit world. Feathers, beadwork, dance steps and music, the events in a story, the shape of a dwelling, or items of traditional food be viewed as simple elements but as icons of cultural meaning.

Native American cultures be just a few. They are numerous and diverse. Though some neighboring cultures hold similar beliefs, others can be quite different from one another.