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    néng     can / able

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Grammar: Auxiliary Verb
Notes: Expresses either (1) the physical ability to do something or (2) possibility. 能 is used in this sense as a modal auxiliary in a similar way in both modern and Literary Chinese (Pulleyblank 1995, p. 122; Sun 2006, loc. 1717).
Parent concept: 状况 (Condition)
Topic: Modern Chinese

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