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    #1

    can?????

    "But it does have the right to a legislative initiative, meaning it can draft laws." What does "can" mean in this context?

    Other meanings of the verb "can" apart from being modal is to stop or put something in cans.

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    #2

    Re: can?????

    It means "it" has the power to write laws through initiatives.

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    Re: can?????

    Ostap, Dave is more tolerant than I. I wouldn't have bothered to answer this silly question.

    You have shown, through your endless stream of questions and follow-ups, that you have a reasonable knowledge of English, marred largely by your tendency to want absolute answers to every hair-splitting question.

    You also have a tendency to ask questions to which a moment's thought would give you the answer. You write, "Other meanings of the verb "can" apart from being modal is to stop or put something in cans".

    Clearly putting something in cans is not appropriate; therefore the modal is being used here, especially as can is followed immediately by draft. 'Having the ability/possibility/power/capacity' etc are pretty fundamental meanings of can, as you know.

    Your English will improve only if you:

    1. Think for yourself for a minute or two before submitting yet another message to UE and waiting for somebody else to do your thinking for you.
    2. Make sure that you don't ask somtimes abstruse questions when you can still make such basic mistakes as: Other meanings (plural) of the verb "can" apart from being modal is (singular) to stop or put something in cans.

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