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I can not able to understand

Is the above sentence grammatically correct?

The words can and able have the same meaning, they're both used to talk about the ability of a person. How do I correctly use each word in a sentence?

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    No, it's not correct because can requires a verb, and able isn't one
    – blgt
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 10:57
  • @bigt I would have put your comment as an answer, you've done a good job giving a simple but complete explanation.
    – Mark
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 11:19

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No, the sentence formation is incorrect.

"Can" is used in the present tense. It is used to talk about our ability to do things.

Example:

She can speak English well.

"Able to" is also possible in these cases; However, it sounds a bit more formal here.

Example:

She is able to speak English well.

So, you can say "I am not able to understand." This might be a right one.

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  • Hi Ramya, I think your question could be improved by including a direct "yes" or "no" to the question "Is the above sentence formation is correct?" :)
    – Mark
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 11:20
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    No, the above sentence formation is incorrect.
    – Ramya S
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 11:21
  • Thanks, I think you should put that in the text of your answer to make it better!
    – Mark
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 11:27
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    Mark, I have edited my answer as you said.
    – Ramya S
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 11:35
  • Great work, I've upvoted it :)
    – Mark
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 11:36

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