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"Can" is used to describe ability in the past.

When I was 5 years old, I ______ run for 15 minutes without stopping.

I _____ finish my homework in the morning. (future)

Albert Einstein ____ answer difficult questions.

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290 Comments on “Expressing ability with CAN, COULD, BE ABLE TO”

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I think it’s good, I’m watching again :)
thans Alex ..

Wednesday, April 1st 2009

    Krystal clear! “Be able to” refers to specific events in the past and can be used to express present or future events as well.


    Saturday, October 4th 2014

      Oh, Gosh!!! Making mistakes as always . . .

      I wanted to make my meaning CRYSTAL clear ,

      but . . . this happened.

      Saturday, October 4th 2014

    thanks mr/alex

    Saturday, March 25th 2017

really it’s very good, thinks

Saturday, April 4th 2009

    Hi Alex it’s really very good vedio..i like your all lesson..and your teaching metod is very good.

    Monday, April 7th 2014

Really its great and intresting.

I lone it.

Thanks a million.

Mohammed Osman Khan
Riyadh,Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia.

Thursday, April 9th 2009

;-( its difficult

Friday, April 10th 2009

    this is not too difficult if you try to understand it with all your effort.If you don´t understand it watch the video again.

    Wednesday, July 25th 2012

Hi Alex Its really very important for us who is learning
I could watch hundred time .. Or I can watch onetime for day

I don’t give up

see you Alex


Friday, April 10th 2009

Hi alex

Very nice lesson and interesting too. It’s was very useful to me.

Thank you

Thursday, April 23rd 2009

good evening Sir,

I like your lesson. But i wonder how i can distinguish clearly their usage.

Can you do me a favour, Sir? i have a question. Can you use conversation to teach advanced grammar?

Please give me a hand at once.

i hope to hear from you soon.
Thanks Sir,

Friday, May 8th 2009

    I should have some new grammar lessons soon. Thanks for watching.

    Saturday, September 19th 2009

      I am very to watch your video and I learn alot from it…

      Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

      Um hi I am new and I got all correct after seeing some videos I had finial not being shy and learn English much faster. Thanks you very much. I will invite more people to come to websit.

      Saturday, March 1st 2014

Hi, Alex

Thanks you so much, that it help me alot to understand English.

Thanks again,


Sunday, May 24th 2009

thanks alex for the lesson

Monday, June 1st 2009

I could understand the lesson,can you Alex to say more about be able to?
Thanks a lot Alex!

Saturday, July 11th 2009

I got 100% in the quiz, but I can’t catch the idea about the last sentence I was able to win the spelling bee but not I could win the spelling bee. And what is spelling bee?

Monday, July 27th 2009

    Hi Alena,

    A spelling bee is a competition where people test their spelling skills.

    You must say “I was able to” because winning the spelling bee was a very specific achievement in the past. Here are some more examples:

    “I was able to win the race.”
    “They were able to beat the other team.”
    “We were able to finish the test on time.”

    If it is something specific that you completed, you must use “be able to.” You only use “could” in the past when talking about your ability to do something. Here are some examples:

    “I could read at the age of five.”
    “My friends could speak English before me.”

    Again, you can always use “be able to” for the examples above as well, but you can’t always use “could” if you’re talking about a very specific achievement.

    Saturday, September 19th 2009

      Thanks a lot. I am also clear now. Excellent explanation with good example.

      Wednesday, February 2nd 2011

      Yes, now I get it too :)

      Thursday, February 14th 2013

      Yeah, your video is very short to explain to me understand the last sentence.
      So, with your above answer make me understand more
      Thank you so much!
      See you.

      Saturday, May 3rd 2014

      Thanks Mr Alix

      Friday, May 16th 2014

      Oh, now I get it!

      I did not understand this as well, but the new examples and the explanation helped a lot. My question is if this works for the future too. For example, “I will be able to win the contest if I study harder.”

      Besides, if I say “I could help you with that tomorrow, if you want” is wrong? I am not sure, but I guess I heard something like that before.

      Thanks for the lesson!

      Monday, September 8th 2014

      hi sir,
      why you said”we are able to finish the test on time” and not said”we are able to finish the test on the time” ? there is different?!

      Tuesday, August 6th 2019

thank alot

Sunday, August 16th 2009

Cool. Thank you.

Monday, November 2nd 2009

thank you very much sir….

Sunday, November 22nd 2009

hi alex that was a great lesson. i have a request can you please explain to me the difference about the words DO and DOES ca you give some example. thanks and more power to engvid.

Monday, January 11th 2010

hi how r you this is a good lesson

Sunday, January 24th 2010

Thank alex, and the reply to Alena’s answers, complete this clearly lesson. You’re very good professor !

Sunday, January 24th 2010

Thank you very much…

Can I use able to in futur.

Examples:I am able to test tomorrow.

Thanks a lot Alex!

Wednesday, February 3rd 2010

    “I’m always able to finish my homework during the mornings.” I’m also thinking like you and this makes sense to me. I hope I’m not confusing anybody’s mind.

    Wednesday, June 23rd 2010

    you can say

    I will be able to take test tomorrow

    Friday, July 1st 2011

thank you
tell me about the form of verb we use with can,could and able to.

Monday, March 1st 2010

Thank you Alex

Tuesday, March 30th 2010

Thanks Alex!

Useful lesson.

This is definitely a great site to learn English! :)

Tuesday, April 20th 2010

thanks a lot alex!!!

Saturday, May 8th 2010

Hi Alex,

Is this correct?
–I wasn’t able to come online yesterday because…

Thank you..

Sunday, May 9th 2010

Thank you.

Friday, May 14th 2010

Thanks a lot Alex!!Useful lesson

Sunday, May 16th 2010

Thanks. Your explanations are clear and simple.

Thursday, May 20th 2010

I just wonder.What is the difference in meaning between. can and be able to when we use them.

Tuesday, May 25th 2010

Hi Alex Your videos are very nice. thanks
very much for videos & these are helping me a lot.

Tuesday, May 25th 2010

Thanks allot Alex it is very helpfull

Wednesday, June 2nd 2010

hmm.. interesting! i like this. tnx 4 diz.. :))

Sunday, June 6th 2010

It’s very good but I’ve still confused using ” be able to ” and ” able to ” could u plz explain me more? Thank u for advance

Thursday, June 17th 2010

I have a suggestion about the quiz. In question number 3 the sentence tells me to use one of the options for the future, but I paid attention to the sentence and it says only “morning” not “tomorrow morning” nor “tomorrow in the morning” for future. I think I’d rather use “Will be able to” for future. What about “I can do my homework in the morning”? Is this how we should refer to the future? I’d rather say, “I can finish my homework tomorrow morning.” :)

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010

thanks lot it was amazing and helped me a lot to clear my doughts once again thansk a lot

Monday, July 12th 2010

thank alex u are good teacher realy its easy and useful lesson byeeeeeee

Thursday, July 15th 2010

Great! I am looking for different structure of english language like could, should, can’t help & so many others. Could you please help me out in this regards……………..Hats off, you are really one of the greatest teacher in your team.

Wednesday, July 21st 2010

i was not much more different than the other grammars that i knew

Thursday, August 5th 2010

thanks!! your video help me

Friday, August 6th 2010

Thanks for the lesson,but I couldn’t catch up the last.

Monday, August 9th 2010

Thank you Mr.Alex,
it is very useful to all beginners.

Monday, September 20th 2010

that’s really a good way to learn english more perfectly.

Wednesday, October 6th 2010

hey man how are u thanks a bundle

Saturday, October 9th 2010

Hi Alex
Thanks for all these useful lessons.

Sunday, October 24th 2010

Thanks Sir Alex for lesson.

Sunday, October 31st 2010

Are ”be able to” only use when winning somethig(specific achievement)??
Your example
i am able to drive.
i also can use ”i could&can drive ”.Am i right ??
”Be able to”can use same as can & could ??

Wednesday, December 8th 2010

Thank you

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Hei thanks for the lesson but i would like to add pronounciation of regular verbs ed

Friday, December 24th 2010


Friday, December 24th 2010

Very good lesson,thanks Alex.It helps me a lot with my english learning.

Monday, December 27th 2010

Hi Alex,
Can you do a favour for me? Can you suggest some points to be followed while attending an interview? I know my question is irrelevant to this topic, but I don’t know any other source to communicate with you other than this. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

Friday, December 31st 2010

    This is a good idea! I will keep it in mind for a future lesson. I am sure that there are many other people who have similar questions, especially about Western culture and how to act in an English interview.

    Sunday, January 9th 2011

This is a very clear lesson and helpful. Thanks, Alexs.

Friday, January 14th 2011

hi teacher can u tell slowly because when u speak quickly i can not understand thanks u

Saturday, January 15th 2011

    Hi myatthu,

    I will try to speak slower for beginners. Thanks for the comment.

    Sunday, January 23rd 2011

Hi Alex I want to ask question : does could in this lesson means used to? if not why?…………and I have another question in this sentence “there used to be people in the house” so in tag question cold I say “didn’t there?” if not why?………and thank you very much because you are really excellent teacher keep it up.

Saturday, January 15th 2011

    Hi leelian,

    “used to” talks about past habits or behaviours that you did over a period of time. “Could” just talks about a general ability you had at one point in your life.

    “I used to read novels” and “I could read novels” have very different meaning. The first sentence means that you had a habit of reading novels, but that you probably don’t read novels anymore. The second sentence means that you had the ability to read novels, but that you no longer have the ability. As you can see, the meanings here are very different.

    Sunday, January 23rd 2011

      Oh! and that I don’t understand!
      I thought I was not so stupid,but now I doubt it….. ((

      Thursday, September 8th 2011

thanks sir for your comment

Sunday, January 30th 2011

thank you alex

Saturday, February 5th 2011

this is a very clear lesson.

Sunday, February 27th 2011

hi Alex how are you ?
can you give me a lesson about adjective,adverb,noun and verb .because i Found it hard . very much . what about your opinion Alex ?
please Alex replay me .
buy buy buy .

Monday, February 28th 2011

Good day sir Alex your quizzes are all good and you really think about it before you post it here. I hope you understand my english kindly correct it and i will appreciate it. this comment is also my practice. Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, March 15th 2011

its supereb

Saturday, March 19th 2011

its nice

Saturday, March 19th 2011

Dear Alex! If you have the text of your lesson, could you send it on my e-mail – vadimchan[ a t ] mail [ d o t ] ru, if you want and please.

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

Hi, Alex. It’s so splendid to be in communication with you. But I wanna ask you, which is correct:
No problemS or No problem? And why?

Thank you for your reply!

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

hi Alex, well this is really good.

Sunday, April 3rd 2011

sir ur method of teaching is so cool

Tuesday, April 5th 2011

    Thanks! I’ve never heard that before!

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

BECAUSE OF LEARNED A lot thank alex and your friends tooooooooooooo
god bless you
from vinod yadav
i generally show my students your videos to teach english them

Thursday, April 7th 2011

thank you alex

Friday, April 8th 2011

IT’s Really good

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

i still comfusing these words: work, task, job, so Mr Alex,can you make the lession talk about them, okay?

Tuesday, April 12th 2011

hmm. i still don’t understand…’able to’..is about past or future?or it can be use both…and when to use was or were or be when to say able to..

Friday, April 15th 2011

    Hi nijunggi,

    You can use “able to” in the past, present, and future.

    “I was able to read when I was 5 years old.”
    “I am able to read.”
    “I will be able to drive a car next year, when I am 16.”

    “Can” is only for the present, and “Could” is only for the past, when talking about ability.

    Sunday, April 17th 2011

Nice teacher.i like your examples.
thanks for helping us.

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

why is difficult?

Sunday, April 24th 2011

Hi Alex!
I would like to ask you about this sentence
I am sorry for being late in writing to or for writing to you.
Thank u

Tuesday, April 26th 2011

You are gr8 (great) teacher!!!!

Saturday, April 30th 2011

sir how i wish we were just neigborhood ur magnifico!!!!

Sunday, May 8th 2011

Alex, please do the lesson “When to use ‘ly’ ending at the end of adjective!” For example beautiful-beautifully, slow-slowly etc.

Wednesday, May 11th 2011

thanks you very much, I´m improving in my english too much,thanks Alex.

Thursday, May 19th 2011


Friday, May 27th 2011

help me guys,

where and hen do I use have been, has been, had been…


Monday, May 30th 2011

    Hi rgen,

    Use “have been” and “has been” with the present perfect tense, which is usually used to talk about life experience.

    “I have been to China.”
    “She has been to many concerts.”

    It changes from “have” to “has” depending on the subject. Remember, third person subjects are followed by “has” and not “have.”

    You can also these two forms with the present perfect continuous/progressive tense.

    “I have been sitting on my computer for three hours.”
    “He has been studying for thirty minutes.”

    “Had been” is similar, except that you use it with the past perfect, which is considered the past in the past.

    “I had been angry at my friend for a long time, but she bought me a nice gift and we made up.”
    “We had been at the club for three hours before the music started to get good.”

    I hope this helps!

    Tuesday, May 31st 2011

      thanks for your explication,you are very clear .you help me a lot.

      Sunday, June 12th 2011

hi ,how are you doing ,iam really takling and my hart it want to get out for its funny , becouse iam writing to the best teacher is alex,well iam feeling great at english , but i changed , iam still not as already,watever i cant handle my selfe. ican lesten music english,exactly english of amreca in first it seems to me harder but with time, i start undestanding anything , but i woukd love to get more with your teach,and i shoud be patient for get better,please following in this way ,you are doing great with us thank you for all things

Tuesday, June 7th 2011

Sorry Alex can’t get understand your last explication about the phrase I was able to win the spelling bee. I can use could in this frase.

Sunday, June 12th 2011

hi very good lesson and clear thankyou.

Tuesday, June 28th 2011

Hi Alex Thanks for good lesson and explanation

Sunday, July 3rd 2011

thanks a lot Mr alex is the lesson very great

Friday, July 15th 2011

hi alax i don’t know how to use prepositon.will teach me how to use prepositon?

Tuesday, July 19th 2011

Hello Alex, it realy amazing for me
I could not have taken an idea from any where befor watching this video

Wednesday, July 20th 2011

thank…Alex.It’s so awesome lesson

Thursday, July 21st 2011

plz tell me if this sentence is right
one has broken his arm or their arm

Tuesday, July 26th 2011

hi alex..thanks for the great lesson i’m just have something to clarify.. of using can could and be able to ..for example my friend asking me to hang out with here.but i can’t because i have something to do.should i use sorry i couldn’t go out with you or..sorry i can’t be able to go out with you..

Friday, July 29th 2011

Hi Alex
Your lessons are excellent for me.I can speak english, but for example – I used in every situation can and I never distinguished:can,could,may and (do u mind, if I borrow your book). You are very sympatic and you have very good feeling for teach-interpret and you cover all the bases which are exactly formulate and explained. You mean for me very big help in my study.Thank you Alex.Anna (czech)

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Hello Alex.. I’m very happy..Because it i s very help full in my poor English Knowledge……Thanks…

Sunday, August 21st 2011

i can’t open the quiz :(

Wednesday, August 24th 2011

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Saturday, August 27th 2011

thank you very much ขอบคุณมากๆๆๆ

Saturday, August 27th 2011

thank you so much. This is very good.

Tuesday, September 6th 2011

I tried to understand,but i could not(<-! :))…
for which this expression "be able to"? test I went good, but it does not matter… I think.

Thursday, September 8th 2011

“be able to” means the only chance some of their capabilities?

Thursday, September 8th 2011

Thanks Alex alot,this lesson is good

Sunday, September 11th 2011

Great work man … thanx..!!

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

your a good teacher.
thank you

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

Beautiful explanation teacher, you keep the quality of your lessons

thanks for your help

Friday, September 23rd 2011

Thanks !:)

Friday, October 7th 2011

What’s the difference between to wear and to use?

Friday, October 7th 2011

Thank you very much sir.

Sunday, October 9th 2011

Thank you so much,It is very simple
I hope more quiz

Monday, October 10th 2011

Very simple

Thursday, October 20th 2011

alex is the best mate,nobody is better than alex

Monday, October 24th 2011

i like you Alex! And i can understand you easily.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Thank you Alex!..it was a very good lesson.

P.s. There should have more question at the end. Isn’t? :)

Friday, November 18th 2011

One of the simplest lessons!!!

Saturday, November 19th 2011

You can explain very simply! I was able to understand this Lesson! It is win for me! Thank a Lot!

Thursday, December 1st 2011

hi Alex How are you?
I’m very glad to wacth your video lesson cos it can explain me a lot of grammer.

Friday, December 2nd 2011

thank you alex.i am algerian iunderstand alot of thing.:)

Tuesday, December 6th 2011

alex all your lessons are very useful interesting please make lessons about all modal verbs and how to use all their forms I want to learn all details of these verbs thanks a lot for your very important lessons

Monday, December 19th 2011

hi teacher alex!!,,
i would like to learn more about english in now im here in canada for work and ofcoure i want to settle my family here….what can u recommend me to make good or right english speaker?…what and where can i start to be a great/good speaker? which part of speech that could be able to study? its ok for me to start as a beginner…. i grab this opportunity to learn more from you…..your so great teacher… may god bless you more…..this is my email: euly_09@yahoo.com,,,,thnk you so much

Monday, December 19th 2011

hi Alex firstly i would like to thank you for this wonderful lesson .
ALEX i have a query about using could in present tense , suppose some one ask me ” can you help me making some food ” and my ans would be i could help you if you give me some money ”
i don’t know if i am right or wrong but from my point of view the question and the answer both are in the present tense .so i am confused whether to use these type of sentences or not, or there is a possibility that the sentences i have used could be wrong .
pleas help !!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 20th 2011

hey sir! thanks 4 lesson …..but i don’t understand “could” means when to use it.
Is it only used with past tense or are there some exception ..so please may u explain it a little more.

Thursday, January 5th 2012

hi sir! thanks 4 the lesson..it’s really good.i don’t understand the use of “COULD”.my question is that is it only used to express past abilities or there are some exception?
i have heard that it can be used with future abilities.Is it correct.
please explain it(could) a little more.i’m really confused.

Thursday, January 5th 2012

YES Teacher, thanks, now i watching , very good explanation , now i can improve my engish , GOD BLESS U

Tuesday, January 10th 2012

thank you

Sunday, January 15th 2012

I love your lesson. It’s very interesting. Thanks.

Friday, January 20th 2012

i love to watch the videos and i am very happy because of this i can improve my English i love all the teacher

Sunday, January 29th 2012

Alex tu sei un bravo insegnante (you are a very good teacher)

Andre, an Indonesian, stay in Rome

Saturday, February 11th 2012

Hi Sir Alex, One more thing would like to ask you that how to improve accent in English I want to learn British, American accent please do let me know about the same will wait for your kind reply?thnx faisal Khan from India

Sunday, February 12th 2012

teaching this topic is really challanging using inductive technique

Monday, March 5th 2012

Thank you very much, Alex, from Russia with love :)

Tuesday, March 6th 2012

interesting teaching type thnak you (Sri Lanka)

Wednesday, March 14th 2012

the lesson was interesting and helpful

i love it

thank alex

Wednesday, March 14th 2012

Why sometime when we talk about present we use could for example. Could you give me your pen please???

Sunday, March 18th 2012

Thank Alex,
Your lesson is very educational. Terrific!


Saturday, March 24th 2012

good afternoon sir,it is my first day to see your video ….i am understand all you teach. but sir when i go in front of crowd and to speak in english i forget and have fearness..may plese help me

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

alex you are the best teacher,,,please say hi for me

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

It would be better for me if you didn’t write “blank” questions on the board

Thursday, April 26th 2012

Sir I have a doubt..I have heard that Could is used for past ability that we can’t do now.eg. I could climb the tree when i was a child…(that I could n’t now.).and my question is , Can we say…” I could reach in office before 10 a.m.”..mean to say I was able to reach in the office before 10 a.m ….please reply me

Sunday, April 29th 2012

Great work Alex , really it’s helpful.

Saturday, May 5th 2012

thank u 4 ur ————-

Monday, May 14th 2012

so we can never use “can” in the future ?

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

Q; Can use 4 ability if v say that i can’t see. it meanz r ability finished 4 few time? i think ability can not be finish 4 few time and after few time it come back automatcally. lol
I listen 4om some where, in this case v should use needn’t instead of can’t , is it true?
i m w8ing ur reply. if i made mistake in grammar plz check it out.

Sunday, May 27th 2012

Thanks Mr Alex

Monday, June 4th 2012

Thank you

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

it could help me..:)
ur lesson can improve my knoledge…
i am able to know how to use those words…:)
love u alex….muuuahhh
you are my GURU

Tuesday, June 19th 2012

nice lecture!
thanks! Alex!

Monday, July 9th 2012

sir! whats the exect meaning of literally?

Wednesday, July 11th 2012

    “Literally” means according to the plain meaning of the words—it’s the opposite of “figuratively” (like a a figure of speech or an idiom). For example, “I have butterflies in my stomach” doesn’t mean someone literally has insects inside them; it means “I’m feeling anxious”.

    However, people commonly use “literally” as an intensifier to emphasize what they’re saying — for example, There is literally nothing left. It would mean the same thing without “literally”, but it gets someone to pay more attention to what you are saying.

    We even use “literally” as an intensifier when we are using a figure of speech. So if someone says “I literally have butterflies in my stomach” they probably just mean they are really, really anxious…unless you have just seen them eating a butterfly, that is!

    Saturday, July 14th 2012

      very informative and explanatory. Tnx

      Sunday, August 18th 2013

Thanks, Alex.

Thursday, July 26th 2012

thankxxxxxxxxxx ………..alex.

Thursday, August 16th 2012

Thank you alex. Best regard

Thursday, August 16th 2012

thank for teacher Alex!

Friday, August 17th 2012

my score 75% thanks

Friday, August 24th 2012

Thanks Alex…i got 4/4

Saturday, September 1st 2012

Thnks alex It humble me a lot these of kinds lesson you have ever made. more power

Thursday, September 6th 2012

Try visiting the site using Firefox or Chrome!

Friday, September 7th 2012

Thank Alex.

Friday, September 14th 2012

Hi alex since i’ve got this site its really helpful for me however i’ve don spoken and written english as well as i’ve been studing subject coures at TAFE but still i have a bit of hassles about grammer so i’m trying to complete it from this site and the end i have to say thank you for waste your time for us
thanks again mate
Ali (Australia)

Saturday, September 15th 2012

sir i didnt get the last sentence..I was able to win the spelling bee..can u explain me more ?

Monday, October 8th 2012

Very Nice Lesson Sir, now i am able to make sentence with confidence.. I like to watch your lesson so much.. thanks you once again…Please Upload More More Lesson which will good for us..

Friday, November 16th 2012

Thank you for all lessons .

Monday, November 26th 2012

Hi Alex,
thank you for your lesson. I have a big doubt about COULD. I mean… I always used it to indicate the possibility in the future tens too. I coud marry me (maybe, I don’t know if I do it). I hope you can understand my question and give me your point of viene about it. Thank you in advance. Luca

Saturday, December 1st 2012

in the test there is a question but ı can’t understand it i thing its 3 question.It writes future and you say could.Why?

Saturday, December 1st 2012

Got 4/4. Thanks, Sir!

Tuesday, December 4th 2012

My first time here, and I think that you are great guys! I’ll keep learning with you. Thanks a lot!

Thursday, January 24th 2013

Hi, Alex! Thanks for this lesson.
I have just watched this video and I have a question, I can say I was not able to catch the bus but I can not say I couldn’t catch the bus am I right?

Friday, January 25th 2013

Thanks Allex for such good explanation …everything understood…

Saturday, February 2nd 2013

Hi Alex,
What’s the different between these senteces? Please help!

1. I was able to read when I was 5 years old.
2. I could read when I was 5 years old.

Thanks Alex.

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

    Hi Ken!
    These 2 sentences are correct and they have the same meaning. If you have any other questions write me at my email: a.polischuk85@gmail.com

    Monday, February 11th 2013

      Thank you so much!

      Sunday, February 17th 2013

Thanks Alex

Friday, February 8th 2013

Thanks for your lesson. Can you give us a procession? I think it will be better for us.

Tuesday, March 5th 2013


Thursday, March 14th 2013

thank u

Sunday, April 7th 2013

thanks alex… your video lesson about english tutorial are so … i want to read more to enhance my own knowledge specially using english grammar.. thank you..

Monday, April 8th 2013

Thank you Mr. Alex. Have a great day.

Thursday, May 16th 2013

This lesson is very useful, how to others, thanks. :)

Friday, May 31st 2013

thanx alex.

Tuesday, June 4th 2013

Thaks Alex. There is no more doubt about as use; can, could and mainly able to.
I watched all Emma´s videos, now I will see yours.
Thanks again.

Friday, June 21st 2013


Saturday, July 6th 2013

This is really good. I always used it wrong.
Alex, you are the 1st teacher that make me understand about grammar.

Thursday, July 18th 2013

I love your classes.Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, August 6th 2013

thanks sir

Wednesday, August 28th 2013

Thank you very much

Thursday, October 17th 2013

thank you very much alex

Tuesday, October 29th 2013

i like if you have any english grammar books please send me on my email asadullahhakro@yahoo.com

Thursday, October 31st 2013

Thanks, Alex! You are the best! Nice explanation!

Wednesday, December 11th 2013

Thank you so much for these very useful lessons Sir Alex. It really helps me a lot. God Bless:)

Sunday, January 12th 2014

I had watch your 24 videos about grammar for beginners. I usually post comments for the last video. Again thank you so much!

Sunday, January 12th 2014

My doubts about “Able to” is over!!!
Alex obrigado!( thank you in Portuguese)

Monday, January 27th 2014

thank you Alex !

Monday, February 3rd 2014

Hi Alex,
thanks a lot for your lesson.
I think EngVid helps me very much and my English is better and better
take care

Friday, April 4th 2014

Excellent explanation with good example.Thank you

Saturday, April 19th 2014

I just want to thank you Alex and the rest of the teachers on engvid. Continue to bless the world using your gifts in teaching. God bless !

Monday, April 21st 2014

I confius about be able to

Thursday, May 8th 2014

My names is sebas.. There are 3 things, i can play videogames. i could eat a apple,i can run in the street, I cant sleep in the day. I cant play instruments, I cant go to the forest

Saturday, June 7th 2014

My name is Maya, I can draw,I can sing, I can dance K-pop, I can’t dance salsa, I can’t cook, I can’t speak chinese.

Saturday, June 7th 2014

My name is Ariadna. I can see movie, I can read and listen to music. I could jump.

Saturday, June 7th 2014

My name is Rosario, I can swim in the smming pool, I can do tricks on the bike, I can the cook.
I can’t get on a skateboarding, I can’t cook, I can’t roon

Saturday, June 7th 2014

My name is Marcelo, I’ll able to speak English fluenty until the final of 2015!

Thanks a lot for this lesson Alex, You are a great teacher!

Wednesday, June 25th 2014

thanks you :)

Saturday, June 28th 2014

Thank Alex very much…

Thursday, July 10th 2014

So, cool!

Thursday, July 10th 2014

Can i ask you a question, please? There isn’t any difference between “can” and “be able to” in the present and future tense? i mean that we can use both in any case?

Friday, July 25th 2014

im very happpy i got 100

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

It is will be very great if you could add more examples in the Quiz.

Sunday, October 19th 2014

Thanks, Alex

Thursday, October 30th 2014

hi, every one, I am a teacher in technologie if someone would some english conversation, I am ready on facebook, first there is my e-mail Moez_be@yahoo.fr, i expect your message, thanks

Thursday, November 6th 2014

i like it !

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

hi Alex.thanks a lot.you really helped me by your speed of speaking while i was at the beginning of learning.i am waiting for another nice lesson of you.
i wish all the best for you

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

I do not understand the last question of Quize

Monday, December 29th 2014

Thank you.

Saturday, January 24th 2015

thank a lot

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

ı got 4/4 ı understand (able to for past and for future but ı couldnt understand when we use present,when we prefer able to…pls tell me when I have to use able to

Wednesday, March 4th 2015

O Yes i got 4/4 ;)

Saturday, March 7th 2015

Thank you!

Monday, March 23rd 2015

Great i got perfect 4 in this quiz .It`s awesome.

Friday, April 24th 2015

i like it.thank you..

Saturday, May 9th 2015

Thank you Alex for helped me, i’m so glad.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

Not bad. Thank you so much Alex

Thursday, May 28th 2015

I feel like no one really says “I am able to swim”. When people talk about physical ability, they always use “can”….?? I am a bit confused because I think that’s how I learned the difference between CAN and BE ABLE TO in high school. I am sure it is not wrong to say “I am able to swim”, but do people usually use this form?

Friday, June 12th 2015

great lesson :)

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

100 percent thanks Alex

Friday, September 4th 2015

thanks .. you are great

Saturday, October 17th 2015

Thank you.

Monday, November 2nd 2015

Dear Alex;
Thank you so much for your interesting lessons. Can and could are used to talk about the ability for doing something in the present and future. But when we use ” was able to” or”could”. I think we use could when we talk about the whole ability to do something, and “was able to” when we managed to do something in one situation by chance.For example ,yesterday there was afire in my house,and my young daughter was able to scape from the window.

Thursday, December 10th 2015

Does could the past forme of can?

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Thanks Alex. It’s very useful when there are describing reason for any question. Any questions should available reason.

Monday, February 15th 2016

thanks Alex! but i have a question! we can use “be able to” in past, present and future right? so why will i know i should say “be able to” or “can” if i speak in present?!

Thursday, February 18th 2016


I wanna to know
when can I use “can” and “be able to” ? and what’s the diffirent between them?

Saturday, April 2nd 2016

Thanks for lesson

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Thank you so much, like always very useful.

Thursday, June 23rd 2016

I’d like to have the ability to speak English very well.
If I should study English hard, I will be able to speak English very well some day.
Until then, I’ll keep going.

Friday, July 8th 2016

I can speak english (future)ha ha ha
Thanks teacher~~

Thursday, July 21st 2016

Hahaha nice try, 1 mistake :))

Monday, July 25th 2016

Hi Alex. First of all let me apologise for commented on this “old” video. Maybe SO already pointed this out, but can’t COULD also be used in future as in “I could help you tomorrow if you promise to buy me a drink”?. Thanks & greets from Argentina.

Sunday, August 7th 2016

Thank you alex.. It is very useful…

Thursday, August 25th 2016

For Q4 can we also say “I am able to do my homework tomorrow” (as well as I can do my homework tomorrow).

Monday, October 24th 2016


Thursday, October 27th 2016

Hi Alex, I like your teaching style.I want to know,can we use WILL BE ABLE TO for prediction?
I hope, she will be able to win the race.
I hope, she will win the race.

Wednesday, November 23rd 2016

thank alexty great lesson

Tuesday, January 24th 2017

Hello Alex!
How are you? I hope, you will fine.
Actually I want to ask a question, You said “could” use in the past, but mostly people use this in the present,even you also use this word in the present like; you could say” . I have a major difficulty with this world, please solve my problem

Tuesday, March 7th 2017

I got 3/4. Thanks for the lesson!

Saturday, March 18th 2017

Hello Alex ! could is used in conditional too? and when people say : ” Could you tell me….? could you give me …? is this wrong?

Sunday, March 26th 2017

Dear Alex….Thanks for such wonderful sessions/lessons. I am delighted to share that I have completed the ‘intermediate’ level. lesson on idioms and phrasal verbs reinforcement will be done before this weekend:))) Thank you very much!!!

Wednesday, May 24th 2017

hi alex, you said a phrase, “as morbid as”, what is it mean. can you explain please

Friday, July 21st 2017

Thank you

Sunday, July 23rd 2017

Your are the best

Friday, August 4th 2017

Thanks, sir! This was a very simple lesson, however, it was very useful at the same time, thanks again!

Thursday, September 14th 2017

thank you very much my teacher Alex

Saturday, December 9th 2017

thank’s so much my teacher alex

Tuesday, December 19th 2017


Thursday, January 11th 2018

Thanks again Alex!

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

very welll ths lesson, but I have a doubt, I do not understand when I used ¨be able to¨

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Tks, Alex.

Friday, March 9th 2018

This is an example for the last sentences
I was able to get the medal of basketball
Dear this is correct or not please reply to me

Tuesday, March 13th 2018

That was a useful lesson. Thanks

Tuesday, April 24th 2018

Thank you. It was a very helpful lesson

Sunday, April 29th 2018

thank you

Monday, October 29th 2018

thank you teacher for all.

Tuesday, December 25th 2018

Thank you so much.

Saturday, December 29th 2018

i was confusing about the use of can and could but now
i’m able to understand. thanks

Wednesday, January 9th 2019

Thank you! I`ve got 4/4.

Thursday, February 7th 2019

thank you!!! great class!!!

Wednesday, March 27th 2019

Thank you! Sir, Can you do some examples of “be able to”?

Sunday, July 28th 2019

Hi Alex, You are my favourite teacher on engvid website. Thank you for your useful lessons.

Sunday, October 6th 2019

Hello, please could you answer me? Is there sorting for english beginner level about the topic? I want to put in order its.Thank you. demet.sanca@gmail.com

Sunday, December 8th 2019

    No, you can watch the videos in any order!

    Monday, December 9th 2019

Thank you Mr. Alex.

Thursday, January 2nd 2020

thank you very much for lesson ,I have a question , you said that we can use “be able to ” in any tense only when we talk about specific achievement right?

Wednesday, May 13th 2020

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