Useful English Expressions with CAN’T for Learners of English…
Common Collocations with CAN’T
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
Eg: I am so tired that I can’t think straight.
10. Can’t hear myself think
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.