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  1. can't

    The English modal verbs are a subset of the English auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.). They can be distinguished from other verbs by their defectiveness (they do not have participle or infinitive forms) and by their neutralization (that they do not take the ending -(e)s in the third-person singular). The principal English modal verbs are can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, and must. Certain other verbs are sometimes classed as modals; these include ought, had better, and (in certain uses) dare and need. Verbs which share only some of the characteristics of the principal modals are sometimes called "quasi-modals", "semi-modals", or "pseudo-modals".


  1. can't

    "Can't" is a contraction of the phrase "cannot." It is used to express the inability or impossibility to do something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Can't

    a colloquial contraction for can not

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Can't

    känt, a colloquial contraction for Cannot.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of can't in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of can't in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of can't in a Sentence

  1. Amy Klobuchar:

    We can not go back to a time when women are made criminals for making a choice about what to do with their own bodies. We can not go back to a time when they can't make a decision about their own contraceptives, when you look at what's happening in this country, people want to move forward.

  2. Kwon Oh-bok:

    It shouldn't be a case of guilt by association. The families of the crew can't be blamed.

  3. Dana McCoy:

    By virtue of the fact that these children are not meeting these milestones doesn't mean they can't go on to have a very healthy, happy and productive life.

  4. Renata Espinoza:

    I can't remember exactly what The DA said, but I remember there was no connection. We let The DA know how we felt. We didn't walk away feeling better.

  5. Steve Vladeck:

    Even for those providers who are confident that what they're doing is within the letter of the law, they face the specter of potentially ruinous litigation. They can't stop it. They can't avoid it. They can't pre-empt it.

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    • A. butch
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