Can and Will | Grammar Worksheet for Class 4 and 5

The modal auxiliaries will and can have different uses. Will has the following uses:

Making simple predictions about the future

  • It will rain in the evening.
  • I will pass the test.
  • She will marry him.
  • He will come.

Expressing willingness

  • I will help you with the housework.
  • I will buy the tickets but you have to buy the drinks.
  • Will you lend me thousand rupees?

Announcing a spontaneous decision

  • Okay, I will lend you thousand rupees.
  • ‘I’m thirsty.’ ‘I will get you something to drink.’

The modal auxiliary ‘can’ has the following uses.

Making a request

  • Can you help me sort this out?
  • Can you get me something to eat?
  • Can you open the window?

Asking for permission

  • Can I borrow your car for a day?
  • Can I go now?
  • Can I come in, teacher?

Expressing ability

  • I can speak English well.
  • She can write with both hands.
  • He can make delicious pasta.

Exercise

Complete the following sentences with ‘can’ or ‘will’. The clues in the brackets will help you.

1. She ………………… swim very well. (ability)

2. He ……………….. go now if he wants to. (permission)

3. ……………….. I come with you? (request)

4. I …………….. mail you my address. (willingness)

5. She ………………… come with you. (willingness)

6. I know you speak five languages, but …………….. you speak Punjabi? (ability)

7. ……………… I open the door? (permission)

8. She …………….. win the first prize. (prediction)

9. I …………….. go. (willingness)

10. It ………………. rain later in the day. (prediction)

11. He ……………… cheat you. (prediction)

12. You ………………. smoke in public places. (inability)

Answers

1. She can swim very well. (ability)

2. He can go now if he wants to. (permission)

3. Can I come with you? (request)

4. I will mail you my address. (willingness)

5. She will come with you. (willingness)

6. I know you speak five languages, but can you speak Punjabi? (ability)

7. Can I open the door? (permission)

8. She will win the first prize. (prediction)

9. I will go. (willingness)

10. It will rain later in the day. (prediction)

11. He will cheat you. (prediction)

12. You cannot smoke in public places. (inability)

Notes

We use ‘can’ to express ability and ‘cannot’ to express inability.

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