The sentence is:
"Rajen, can you please take her home?"
What does 'can' indicate here? Obligation, Permission or Ability?
I think it must be Ability, but my teacher says it must be Permission, so what do you think it really indicates? Explain.
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In informal English, by saying "Rajen, can you please take her home?" the speaker is essentially asking "Rajen, if you are able to take her home, please do so." It's kind of a mix between ability and obligation in terms of how pressured one feels to perform the action.
However, this isn't formally correct. Nobody would call you out on this fact though, except perhaps an English language teacher in the classroom.