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Why this sentense is on present simple "I can answer some questions"

 
 
bebetxx
 
Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2012 07:51 am
Why this sentense is on present simple "I can answer some questions" and why is not I can answering some questions
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2012 07:54 am
@bebetxx,
Because we don't use the present participle that way in English.
bebetxx
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2012 07:55 am
@Setanta,
So this is a particular(special) case?
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2012 07:58 am
"can" is a helping verb in your sample.

other examples:
may answer
should answer
could answer

Perhap you are confusing it with "I am answering."
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2012 07:58 am
@bebetxx,
No, it's not a special case. No native English speaker wouls say "I can answering . . . "--no native English speaker would use a present participle ("anwering") in that manner.
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saab
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2012 08:08 am
The -ing form of a verb is always used in connection with a form of be:
I am answering ( in this moment)
I was answering the phone, when the doorbell rang. ( I was doing something when I was interupted).

bebetxx
 
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Reply Tue 17 Jan, 2012 08:21 am
@saab,
Thank you
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