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10+ Common English Expressions with CAN’T

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Learn List of 10+ Common English Expressions with CAN’T in English with meaning and examples.

Can’t (or cannot) is also used with some verbs to create idiomatic expressions and are widely used by native English speakers.

Common English Expressions with CAN’T

  • Can’t wait

Meaning: to be excited about something  

Example: I can’t wait to see my friends next week. It’s going to be wonderful.

  • Can’t stand 

Meaningto strongly dislike something      

Examplecan’t stand the traffic in London.

  • Can’t bear   

Meaningto strongly dislike something because it makes you unhappy      

ExampleShe can’t bear to be away from her family longer than a week.

  • Can’t take it        

Meaningcannot tolerate something   

Examplecan’t take his constant shouting anymore. I have to leave.

  • Can’t be bothered

Meaning: to have no interest in something      

Example: I know I should go for a run but I can’t be bothered tonight.

  • Can’t take my eyes off her/him

Meaningto be attracted to someone 

ExampleSimon can’t seem to take his eyes off the new Marketing assistant.

  • Can’t win      

Meaninglife is difficult    

ExampleSometimes no matter what you do in life, you can’t win.

  • Can’t help it        

Meaning: to have no control over something

ExampleI don’t want to be late to work every day, but I can’t help it.

  • Can’t think straight 

Meaningcannot concentrate

Example: I am so tired that I can’t think straight.

  • Can’t hear myself think

Meaningcannot concentrate 

ExampleThere is so much noise here that I can’t hear myself think.

  • Can’t get you out of my mind/head        

Meaning: can’t stop thinking about you    

ExampleI just can’t get you out of my head.

  • Can’t get enough of something or someone        

Meaningyou want more of something or someone         

ExampleI love this champagne! I can’t get enough of it.

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Common English Expressions with CAN'T


Friday 23rd of February 2018

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