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Be able to A; can do A
  1. Be able to A; can do A
  2. Can A; be possible to A (possibility of the subject to do A)
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          こと  できた けれど    だんだん                 
I could sing really well when I was a child, but my voice slowly changed and now I can't sing at all.
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        こと  できます   
Can you speak Japanese?
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あなた          こと  できます   
Can you swim across the river?
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あなた  おかげで         こと  できました  
Thanks to your help, I was able to finish early.
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100 メートル  12       こと  できます  
He can run 100 meters within twelve seconds.

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こと
できる
Basic Examples:
およぐことできる (I can swim)

ANoun
できる
Basic Examples:
しょどうできる (I can do calligraphy)

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Can A; be possible to A (possibility of the subject to do A)
  1. Be able to A; can do A
  2. Can A; be possible to A (possibility of the subject to do A)
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   という           でも      こと  できる  
If you buy an all-you-can-ride ticket, it's possible to ride the train as many times as you like.
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この               こと  できる  
You can read this book in both English and in Japanese.
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あなた  ここ    こと  できません  
You can not swim here.
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あなた              こと  できます  
You can borrow three books at a time.
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        から   こと  できる  
You can enter the gym from the infirmary.
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10      こと  できる  
It can accommodate as many as ten people.

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こと
できる
Basic Examples:
みることできる (one can see)

ANoun
できる
Basic Examples:
うんてんできる (it's possible to drive)

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Studying: Graduate School Placement Exam
Level: 1, : 50
I'm not entirely sure I understand the distinction between meaning #1 and meaning #2.
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13 years ago
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Level: 140, : 7,149
Some model sentences would help, I imagine. #1 shows an ability, while #2 shows potential. #1 shows that a person can or cannot do something such as sing or speak a language. #2 shows that in a certain situation, something is possible. Quick example that I don't have time to put in as a model:
でメードカフェにくことがます.

It's not that you have the actual power to ability to go to the maid cafe, but that it's possible to do so.
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13 years ago
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: JLPT N3 & JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 100
I'm not sure if I should post it here but できる also means: To be made; to be built; to be ready; to be completed; to grow; to be raised.

E.g.
しいができて便になった。
The new train station that's been built in the suburbs is really convenient.

してができると、をやめるい。
Many women quit their jobs to start raising their child after marriage.
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13 years ago
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Level: 140, : 7,149
Since this page is for ことができる, I'd say that leans a bit more towards vocab and less towards grammar; however, I want to keep it in the comments for others to see when they read this page, thanks!
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13 years ago
Years Studied: 2 years
Studying: Grammar and vocabulary
Level: 1, : 56
Whats the difference betweem this grammar and just using the potential form of a verb? Is there a different nuance? Thanks in advance! :)
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9 years ago



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