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    #1

    We can see the lake from our hotel.

    Could you please check my assumption in the parentheses ?
    Am I right on the uses of 'can'?

    We can see the lake from our hotel. (possibility, for example there is no high rise building to destroy our view to the lake)
    I don't have a pen. You can use mine.(giving permission)
    Can you speak any foreign languages ?(ability)
    I can come and see you tomorrow if you like.(it is possible for me to ...)
    The word 'dream' can be a verb or a noun.(there are two possibilities for the word 'dream')
    I am afraid I can't come to the party tomorrow.(there is no possibility)

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    #2

    Re: We can see the lake from our hotel.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    Could you please check my assumption analysis in the parentheses?
    Am I right on the uses of 'can'?

    We can see the lake from our hotel. (possibility, ability- for example, there is no high-rise building to destroy block our view to the lake.)
    That can also be about possibility.
    We can see the lake from our hotel. We needn't hire a tour guide to take us there.

    The others are okay.

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    #3

    Re: We can see the lake from our hotel.

    That can also be about possibility.
    You meant in the first example the 'possibility' is also possible?
    We can see the lake from our hotel.
    It is another analysis: "I have a good eye sight so I am able to see the lake from our hotel" ?(ability)

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    #4

    Re: We can see the lake from our hotel.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    Did you mean that in the first example the 'possibility' is also possible?
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    It Here is another analysis: "I have good eyesight, so I am able to see the lake from our hotel" Is this about ability?
    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: We can see the lake from our hotel.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    It is another Is this analysis possible? "I have a good eyesight [no space] so I am able to see the lake from our hotel."(ability)
    See above. Remember not to put a space before a question mark.
    I am not a teacher.

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