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

1. A; B
2. A
3. B


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.
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.
She can eat all the hamburgers on her own.

Hence the correct answer is A.

3. Míngtiān huì xiàyǔ ma?
Will it rain tomorrow?

Hence the correct answer is B.

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