“NO CAN DO” e outros usos de “CAN” além do “modal verb”

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Jack Scholes

Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way you’re right!

Henry Ford

Can do / No can do

Used informally to say that you can and will do something or that you are not able or willing to do something.

  • A: Will you take this package to the post office for me, please?
  • B: Can do. or Sorry, no can do. I’m really busy at the moment.

no can do


A metal container in which some types of food and drink are sold (UK also – tin).

  • A can of beer, a can of peaches, a can of soup.

In American English the word can is used for both food and drink. In British English can is always used for drink, but either tin or can may be used for food.

A can of worms

An informal expression used to describe a situation which causes a lot of problems and difficulties when you start to deal with it.

  • Corruption in the government is a serious problem and nobody is prepared to open up that can of worms.

Cf. Expressões Idiomáticas: Problemas inesperados

The can (US – slang)

The toilet.

  • I need to go to the can.

Cf. Vocabulário: Banheiro
Cf. Gramática: Modal verbs (1): CAN
Cf. Gramática: Modal verbs (3): CAN, MAY, MIGHT, COULD
Cf. Textos Mastigados

Referência: “Gems of Wisdom – Inspirational Messages to Enhance the Quality of Your Life and Improve Your English” de Jack Scholes – Disal Editora, 2007. Leia a resenha.

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