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Person A: What are your skills?

Person B: I can swim, I can drive a car,...

Do the "can" sentences sound like the speaker is ready/willing to perform those actions? Or do they sound like speaker B is thinking speaker A might ask him to do those things now or in the future?

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Rizan MalikDo the "can" sentences sound like the speaker is ready/willing to perform those actions?

Not to me.

Rizan MalikOr do they sound like speaker B is thinking speaker A might ask him to do those things now or in the future?

Not in themselves. If it's a job interview, then maybe that's part of it.


Skills are abilities, and we express our abilities with the word "can", even if we are just listing them. There need not be any additional implications intended.

CJ

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It depends on the context. eg Is he standing there in his swim-suit?

Clive

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Rizan MalikDo the "can" sentences sound like the speaker is ready/willing to perform those actions?

Not to me.

Rizan MalikOr do they sound like speaker B is thinking speaker A might ask him to do those things now or in the future?

Not in themselves. If it's a job interview, then maybe that's part of it.


Skills are abilities, and we express our abilities with the word "can", even if we are just listing them. There need not be any additional implications intended.

CJ

But consider, please:

1) I can drive that car.

Is my ability to drive that particular car a skill? Does it carry any of the implications mentioned in the OP?

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Rizan MalikBut consider, please:
1) I can drive that car.
Is my ability to drive that particular car a skill?

Yes, you could call that a skill, but it's a very limited skill compared to the many others that people usually talk about. (Well, actually, if it's a very complex sort of race car, it might not be such a limited skill, but the typical example we think of is not that kind of car.)

Rizan MalikDoes it carry any of the implications mentioned in the OP?

I'm not sure what you're asking, or why.

It has some things in common with "I can drive a car", and some things that are different.

CJ