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How do you know when 会 means will and when it means can?

The sentence was 你会唱英语歌吗 and I put "Will you sing English songs" And it was wrong and the correct answer is "Can you sing English songs?"

May 21, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George418878

Depending on the situation, it could be translated either way. I would report it as correct and see if they add it to the possible solutions.

In real life conversations, you would infer the meaning based on the context.


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

It's hard to tell, I know. Usually, it depends on the situation. However, the usual definition is "can" because it sounds chunky in Chinese if you were for it to mean Will you sing English Songs. As a native speaker, I would say "唱个英文歌吧". I don't know, it depends how much practice you've had with Chinese speaking people. When I saw the sentence, I immediately knew it meant "Can you sing English songs?"

I hope this helped you, good luck!

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