Spanish translation of 'cant'
Trends of 'cant'
Used Occasionally. cant 1 is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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- (= be able to)
⇒ he can do it if he tries hard
puede hacerlo si se esfuerza
⇒ I can't or cannot go any further
no puedo seguirI'll tell you all I can
te diré todo lo que pueda
⇒ he will do all he can to help you
hará lo posible por ayudarteyou can but ask
con preguntar no se pierde nadathey couldn't help it
ellos no tienen la culpa"have another helping" — "I really couldn't"
—¿otra ración? —no puedo
- (= know how to)
⇒ he can't swim
no sabe nadar
⇒ can you speak Italian?
¿sabes (hablar) italiano?
- (= may)
⇒ can I use your telephone?
¿puedo usar su teléfono?
⇒ can I have your name?
¿me dice su nombre?
⇒ could I have a word with you?
¿podría hablar contigo un momento?
⇒ can't I come too?
¿puedo ir también?
- (with verbs of perception: not translated)
⇒ I can hear it
⇒ I couldn't see it anywhere
no lo veía en ninguna parte
⇒ I can't understand why
no comprendo por qué
- (expressing disbelief, puzzlement)
⇒ that cannot be!
¡eso no puede ser!,
⇒ he can't have said that
no puede haber dicho eso
⇒ they can't have left already!
¡no es posible que ya se han ido!how could you lie to me!
¿cómo pudiste mentirme?
⇒ how can you say that?
¿cómo te atreves a decir eso?you can't be serious!
¿lo dices en serio?it can't be true!
¡no puede ser!what can he want?
¿qué querrá?where on earth can she be?
¿dónde demonios puede estar?
- (expressing possibility, suggestion etc)
⇒ he could be in the library
puede que esté en la biblioteca
⇒ you could try telephoning his office
¿por qué no le llamas a su despacho?
⇒ they could have forgotten
puede (ser) que se hayan olvidado
⇒ you could have told me!
¡podías habérmelo dicho!
⇒ it could have been a wolf
podía ser un lobo
⇒ I reckon you could have got a job last year
creo que podías obtener un trabajo el año pasado
- (= want to)
I'm so happy I could cry
soy tan feliz que me dan ganas de llorar or que me voy a echar a llorar
⇒ I could have cried
me daban ganas de llorarI could scream!
¡es para volverse loco!
- (= be occasionally capable of)
⇒ she can be very annoying
a veces te pone negro
⇒ it can get very cold here
aquí puede llegar a hacer mucho frío
- (in comparisons)
⇒ I'm doing it as well as I can
lo hago lo mejor que puedo
⇒ as cheap as can be
lo más barato posible
⇒ as big as big can be
lo más grande posible
⇒ she was as happy as could be
estaba de lo más feliz
⇒ could do with: I could do with a drink
¡qué bien me vendría una copa!
⇒ we could do with a bigger house
nos convendría una casa más grande
Example Sentences Including 'can'
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Crew can take extended leave or go skiing for the weekend.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Realising the power of discounts and how much money you can make by being frugal.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
The interview can also be used to focus on job problems and how these might be tackled.Personnel Management: A New Approach (1991)
Now anyone can access millions of sources of information at the touch of a button.Computing (2010)
You had a beer can for your tea.Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 19011910 in the words of the Men & Women Who Were There (2006)
It's the kind of bonus that can give a film such as this a vital box-office boost.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Surely no one can drink like that any more?The Sun (2015)
They can often feel empty and neglected as a result.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Up to four people can eat together per voucher and set of four tokens.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Visit at different times of day so you can check out the neighbourhood.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
We make sure you can mix paint.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
What food fashion can we look forward to now?Times, Sunday Times (2017)
Yet being a doctor can be hard.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
We will see if he can make the difference.The Sun (2017)
So where can you buy an original?Times, Sunday Times (2015)
They can buy a normal hoodie.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Such companies can be used to cut tax payments legally.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The change means the cheapest can of lager will cost around 40p from next spring.The Sun (2013)
The fact that anyone can make content is only meaningful if others can enjoy it.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
The judgment opens a can of worms.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The metal implant can contain insulin which is released slowly through a gel barrier.The Sun (2010)
They are fully aware of the risks and how easily something can go wrong.The Sun (2014)
Trees grown in containers can be planted at any time.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Whether you can get hold of your underwear is a different matter.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
With food poisoning you can feel better after around six or eight hours.The Sun (2006)
You can only carry on doing that for a short period.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
You can see the paint coming out of the painting.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Now it can be hard rowing sometimes against the past wind.Christianity Today (2000)
It is illegal to carry petrol in cans in the car.Collins Traveller - The Algarve (1993)
Translation of cant from the Collins English to Spanish Dictionary