The differences between 能 and 会

能 can indicate something that you are able to do naturally, for example:

I can eat 3 bowls of cooked rice.
Wǒ néng chī sān wǎn mǐfàn.

能 can also be used to ask for or give permission, for example:

Can I smoke here?
Wǒ néng zài zhèlǐ chōuyān ma?

No, you can’t.

会 means that you have acquired certain abilities or skills, and that you have acquired them through learning, for example:

I can speak Mandarin.
Wǒ huì shuō pǔtōnghuà.

I can cook.
Wǒ huì zuò fàn.

Can you drive?
Nǐ huì kāichē ma?

“会” also indicates what might happen in the future. For example:

It won’t rain tomorrow.
Míngtiān bú huì xià yǔ.

Welcome to have my 1-ON-1 lessons on 🙂


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: 徽标

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  更改 )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  更改 )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  更改 )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  更改 )

Connecting to %s