"The teacher can speak many languages."

Translation:老师能说很多种语言。

January 2, 2018

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laurann333

I don't think this Chinese sentence is correct. 能 is about whether circumstances allow you to do something, regardless of whether you have the skills to do so. 会 is about whether you're able to do something, regardless of whether it's possible in this circumstance. 会 should be used in this sentence.

January 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Keith_APP

Both 能 and 会 can be used in this sentence and have basically no difference.

There are some differences between 能 and 会, but not quite as what you said.

January 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melitonchiong07

There are slight differences between 能 and 会. 能 indicates possibility (可能) whereas 会 indicates ability (可以).

January 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IlyaTsmyka

Also there is no need in use of 很

January 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melitonchiong07

‘老师会说多种语言‘ 一定是好啊。

January 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ralitsa202552

It should be 会 here as it is an acquired skill, buuut since we have the verb 说, 能 is not completely inadequate. Honestly, I'd say "老师会很多种语言。” but I'm lazy so...

March 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChinaIsCheap

Hello, what's the difference between 可能 and 可以?

July 17, 2019
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