Decoded Slug: Verb る こと が できます (ru koto ga dekimasu)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb る こと が できます (ru koto ga dekimasu)

Verb る こと が できます (ru koto ga dekimasu)

Short explanation:

Express the potential form, or the ability to do something.


Verb[る] + ことができます


Kono mondai o toku koto ga dekimasu.
I can solve this problem.
Kare wa eigo o hanasu koto ga dekimasu.
He can speak English.
Watashi wa takai tokoro ni noboru koto ga dekimasen.
I cannot climb to high places.
Kanojo wa piano o hiku koto ga dekimasu.
She can play the piano.

Long explanation:

The 〜ることができます grammar point is used to express that someone is capable of doing something or that something is possible. It is essentially the potential form of the verb. The formation is made by changing the verb to a noun phrase and adding ができます.

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