Egyptian Arabic: How To Say You Can Or Can't Do Something

Asma Wahba


Asma Wahba


There are various ways to tell someone you can or can’t do something in Egyptian Arabic.

In this example, the native speaker uses the verb to know to talk about ability (in other words, ”I know how to…”).

As you’ll see though, unlike English this can be used for both physical ability (as in the refrigerator example) and know-how (as in knowing how to fly a plane).

Sample sentences:

  • I can’t lift the refrigerator.
  • You can fly the aeroplane.

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