10 Idiomatic Expressions with the modal verb ‘Can’t’.


In English grammar the modal verb “can” and its opposite “cannot or can’t” is explained as a verb that we use to describe ability.Can’t  (or cannot) is also used with some verbs to create idiomatic  expressions and are widely used by native English speakers.In this  English lesson Ceema teaches you 10 expressions with Can’t.

Can’t be bothered –

If you can’t be bothered to do something, it means you have no time
or interest to do it. It is not important enough for your attention.

Can’t tell-

The expression can’t tell means “can’t perceive/observe.” We often use it in the phrases:

  • can’t tell the difference between (two similar things)
  • can’t tell if/whether (something is the case or not)

Can’t carry a tune-

Someone who can’t carry a tune has no musical ability; they can’t sing a simple melody correctly.

Can’t wait-

The expression can’t wait means you are very eager and excited for something to happen in the future.

Can’t get enough-

If you can’t get enough of something, it means you want more and more of it.

Can’t stand-

If you can’t stand something, it means it really annoys or irritates you; you strongly dislike it.

Can’t bear-

If you can’t bear something, it means it makes you extremely sad; it is difficult for you to endure.

Can’t help-

I can’t help it means that you are unable to stop or prevent yourself from doing something or feeling a certain way. You can also say I can’t help + verb in the -ING form:
“I can’t help feeling guilty, even though it wasn’t my fault.”

Can’t beat-

The expression You can’t beat that! means the situation is the best; it can’t be any better.

Can’t thank you enough-

The phrase I can’t thank you enough expresses very deep, sincere  gratitude. It is usually used when you are thanking the person for something they did that was very significant or very meaningful to you.

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