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Spanish word for Can

The word “can” has two different meanings. As a noun, it means “lata” or “bote”. When used as a verb, “can” means “puede”.

How to pronounce “puede” in Spanish:

Sounds like – pooeh-deh
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Translation for can in Spanish

lata = can in Spanish

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Practice the Spanish translation for “can” using these sentences:

Example 1:
If you are so hungry just open a can of soup.

Si tienes tanta hambre sólo abre una lata de sopa.

Example 2:
I don’t need that piece of paper; please throw it in the trash can.

No necesito ese pedazo de papel; por favor tíralo en el bote de basura.

Example 3:
Mom, can I bring a friend home for dinner?

Mamá ¿Puedo traer a un amigo a cenar a casa?

Example 4:
She can’t go to your party because she’ll be out of town.

Ella no puede ir a tu fiesta porque estará fuera de la ciudad.

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