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できるmeans "to be able to do something", right?
できますmeans "to be/I am ready", right?
So, how do they differ? Are the Kanji different? How can these words be transformed more?

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    できます(出来ます) is formal version of できる(出来る)。They both mean "to be able to do something"。The difference is only in situation when you can use it. (formal/informal)

    Hi Rjcorraya
    They mean the same, BE ABLE TO (CAN)
    できます is formal, and できる is informal.
    can speak in informal way→はなすことができる=はなせる in formal way→はなすことができます=はなせます

    Hope it helps you. :)

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