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Decoded Slug: Verb ることができる (〜ru koto ga dekiru)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb ることができる (〜ru koto ga dekiru)

Verb ることができる (〜ru koto ga dekiru)

Short explanation:

Express ability or possibility of doing an action; 'can', 'be able to', 'is possible'.


Verb-る + ことができる


Watashi wa nihongo wo hanasu koto ga dekimasu.
I can speak Japanese.
Kare wa gitaa wo hiku koto ga dekimasu.
He can play the guitar.
Kono mondai wo kaiketsu suru koto ga dekimasu ka?
Can you solve this problem?
Kanojo wa inu wo oyogaseru koto ga dekimasu.
She can make the dog swim.

Long explanation:

The ~ることができる grammar point is used to express the ability or possibility of doing an action in Japanese. It can be translated as 'can', 'be able to', or 'is possible' in English. The formation is made by adding the phrase 'ことができる' to the verb in its conjugated る-form.

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