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Expressing ability

The following structures are used in Chinese to express the ability to do something, depending on the context. They are organized according to our grammar points by level.

A1 Expressing ability

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing a learned skill with "hui" 会 + Verb 会 说 中文 。
Expressing ability or possibility with "neng" 能 + Verb 中文 这么 难,你 学 好 吗?
Expressing permission with "keyi" 可以 + Verb 这里 可以 吸烟 吗?

A2 Expressing ability

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing "will" with "hui" 会 + Verb 明天 你 来 吗?

B1 Expressing ability

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Comparing "hui," "neng," "keyi" 会 vs. 能 vs. 可以 跳舞 。这里 不 跳舞 。我 可以 请 你 跳舞 吗 ?