10+ Common English Expressions with CAN’T

Can’t (or cannot) is also used with some verbs to create idiomatic expressions and are widely used by native English speakers.


  • Can't wait            

Meaning: to be excited about something  

Example: I can't wait to see my friends next week. It's going to be wonderful.

  • Can't stand         

Meaning: to strongly dislike something      

Example: I can't stand the traffic in London.

  • Can't bear           

Meaning: to strongly dislike something because it makes you unhappy      

Example: She can't bear to be away from her family longer than a week.

  • Can't take it        

Meaning: cannot tolerate something          

Example: I can’t take his constant shouting anymore. I have to leave.

  • Can't be bothered           

 Meaning: to have no interest in something              

Example: I know I should go for a run but I can't be bothered tonight.

  • Can't take my eyes off her/him

Meaning: to be attracted to someone        

Example: Simon can't seem to take his eyes off the new Marketing assistant.

  • Can't win             

Meaning: life is difficult    

Example: Sometimes no matter what you do in life, you can't win.

  • Can't help it        

Meaning: to have no control over something          

Example: I don't want to be late to work every day, but I can't help it.

  • Can't think straight          

Meaning: cannot concentrate        

Example: I am so tired that I can't think straight.

  • Can't hear myself think

Meaning: cannot concentrate        

Example: There is so much noise here that I can't hear myself think.

  • Can't get you out of my mind/head         

Meaning: can't stop thinking about you    

Example: I just can't get you out of my head.

  • Can't get enough of something or someone        

Meaning: you want more of something or someone          

Example: I love this champagne! I can't get enough of it.

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