Which is better or right? or all my sentences are incorrect?

Can I have that?


Can I am have that?

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    #1 is correct, #2 isn't. 'Can' works as a modal verb here, while the verb is have. You can't and have no reason to add another verb (am) here.
    – MadWard
    Jun 22, 2016 at 9:11
  • Thans for explanation!! :) Jun 22, 2016 at 9:14

2 Answers 2


The basic format for asking a question is like this:

"Wh"(words) + Auxiliary verb + subject + verb + object + ?


Auxiliary verb + subject + verb + object + ?

So according to this formula, your first statement is correct, whereas in your second statement you have incorrectly included an extra auxiliary verb "am", even though you have already used "can".

  • Ya that's true. Thanx. Jun 22, 2016 at 12:18

Your first question

Can I have that?

is correct and asks if it is (physically) possible for you the have something. However, when asking, usually one is asking for permission and uses "may"

Student: Can I have a drink of water?
Teacher: Yes, you can have a drink of water. (yes you are physically able to drink water)

Student: May I have a drink of water?
Teacher: No, you'll have to wait until break time to get some water.

Your second question is grammatically incorrect

Can I am have that?

You may be mixing up the answer to your question with your question

Q: Are you having dessert?
A: Yes, I am having dessert.

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