Common Collocations with CAN’T in English

Useful English Expressions with CAN'T for Learners of English...


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1. Can’t wait

To be excited about something

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

2. Can’t stand

To strongly dislike something

Eg: I can’t stand the traffic in London.

3. Can’t bear

To strongly dislike something because it makes you unhappy

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

4. Can’t take it

Cannot tolerate something

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

5. Can’t be bothered

To have no interest in something

Eg: I know I should go fora run but I can’t be bothered tonight.

6. Can’t take my eyes off her/ him

To be attracted to someone

Eg: Simon can’t seem to take his eyes off the new Marketing assistant.

7. Can’t win

Life is difficult

Eg: Sometimes no matter what you do in life, you can’t win.

8. Can't help it

To have no control over something

I wish you'd quit coughing all the time, Sally. I can't help it. I wish I could too.

9. Can't think straight

Cannot concentrate

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

10. Can't hear myself think

Cannot concentrate

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

11. Can't get you out of my mind/ head

Can't stop thinking about you

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

12. Can't get enough of something or someone

You want more of something or someone

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


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