It is very easy to say you “can” in Korean, if you already know how to conjugate the verb in future tense. Yes, just add ㄹ at the verb stem.  Then say “수 있어요.”  That’s it!  Can = -ㄹ 수 있어요. For most verbs with -하다, it is “-할 수 있어요.

Literally, “수 있다” means “There is a way to do …” i.e., ability to do something.  Remember: 있다 = There is;  없다 = There is not. To say “Cannot,” therefore, you just say “수 없어요” instead of “수 있어요.”

-ㄹ 수 있어요 = There is a way to do … = Can

없어요 = There is no way to do … = Can not

It’s a piece of cake, isn’t it?  Of course, there is also a less simple way to say “can not” – by adding “못” just before a short verb or “하다.” ^^

나 한국말 할 수 있어요! 😃

And when this life is done,

Together we will come,

And be as one

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