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Answer to Differentiating Between “Can” and “Be Able to” in Chinese

Jul. 17, 2019

Answers:
1. A; B
2. A
3. B

Analysis:

There’s a nuance between “能 (néng)”, and “会 (huì)” in Chinese. “能 (néng)” means “can”, which signifies temporary capability, while “会 (huì)” means “be able to”, which signifies past or future possibility. Using this information, we can easily use context clues from the given sentences to accurately fill in the blanks.

1. Rúguǒ nǐ néng lái cānjiā zhègè jùhuì de huà, tā yídìng huì hěn gāoxìng de.
如果你能来参加这个聚会的话,她一定会很高兴的。
She would be very happy if you could come to the party.

Hence the correct answers are A and B.

2. Tā yígè rén nénggòu chī xià quánbù de hànbǎo.
她一个人能够吃下全部的汉堡。
She can eat all the hamburgers on her own.

Hence the correct answer is A.

3. Míngtiān huì xiàyǔ ma?
明天会下雨吗?
Will it rain tomorrow?

Hence the correct answer is B.

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