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I think the following sentence is perfectly ok without can

Every year this IT company conducts training programmes for employees so that they learn new skills.

But in my book it is given that can should be used before learn.

Every year this IT company conducts training programmes for employees so that they can learn new skills.

Is the first sentence wrong?

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  • It's not wrong, but conducting a training program does not ensure that the employees will learn new skills. – Wehage Jun 19 '20 at 9:47
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I agree with Wehage in the comments:

It's not wrong, but conducting a training program does not ensure that the employees will learn new skills.

By omitting/removing the word can, you are implying that they will all learn new skills. If you include the word can, it implies they have the opportunity to learn new skills but all of them may not do so.

As you cannot garuntee they will learn new skills, I would include can.

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