The modal verb Can with Question words

You will study how to create interrogative sentences with modal verb can and question words.


The modal verb Can with Question words


Instructions: Read about Wales. Look at the words in bold.

What can you tell me about Wales?

Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It has a total area of 20,779 km2. Wales has over 1,680 miles of coastline and is largely montainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon, its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate.

Wales. Retrieved and adapted January, 2016 from

Getting started: Welsh national identity

Instructions: Read the following information about Welsh identity to do the activity suggested.

Welsh national identity emerged among the Celtic Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and Wales is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations. Edward I of England conquered Wales in 1282, though there was a brief independent Welsh period in the early 15th century. The whole of Wales was annexed by England and incorporated within the English legal system under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542. Distinctive Welsh politics developed in the 19th century. Welsh Liberalism, exemplified in the early 20th century by Lloyd George, was displaced by the growth of socialism and the Labour Party. Welsh national feeling grew over the century; Plaid Cymru was formed in 1925 and the Welsh Language Society in 1962. Established under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the National Assembly for Wales holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters.

Wales. Retrieved and adapted January, 2016 from

National identity

Instructions: Match questions and answers:

Yes, in the early 15th century. Edward I of England.Welsh national identity emerged among the Celtic Britons.In the 5th century.As one of the modern Celtic nations.

1. How can Welsh national identity be explained? _______________

2. When can we place the Roman withdrawal from Britain? _______________

3. How can Wales be regarded to? _______________

4. Can you tell me who conquered Wales? _______________

5. Can we find an independent Welsh period in the past? _______________

Let’s learn how to use the modal verb Can with Question words.

Instructions: Look at the following information about the modal verb Can with Question words:

Can is a modal auxiliary verb. We use can to:

  • talk about possibility and ability
  • make requests
  • ask for or give permission


Look at the word order in the positive form:

Question WordAuxiliary CanSubjectVerb (simple form)Complement?Specific answer
Whatcanyoudancevery well?Tango.
Whocan fixthe car?David.
Wherecanthe boysstudyat night?At home.



Wales economy

Instructions: Make questions with Can and the following prompts:

  1. Where / we / read about the Industrial Revolution and the Welsh nation ?
  2. Who / explain / us about the South Wales Coalfield’s exploitation ?
  3. How many people / live in South Wales ?
  4. Which sectors / support Wales economy ?
  5. What / we / write about Wales gross added ?
  6. done Check


    Wales description

    Instructions: Correct the mistakes in the following questions:

    1. What can Wales closely shares with Great Britain? ?
    2. Which can languages Welsh people speak? ?
    3. What can people Welsh retain for themselves? ?
    4. How can Wales is called? ?
    5. What can tourists does in Wales? ?
    done Check


    Asking about Wales

    Instructions: Choose the right options in the following questions:

    1. How / Where can Wales be found?
    2. Which borders / What borders can people recognise?
    3. What country / Which country can they have as its nearest neighbour?
    4. How many countries / Which countries can there be around Wales?
    5. Where / When can we visit the country to enjoy nature?
    done Check