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"誰會打球?" Why does it use 會 and not 能?

Why don't they use 能 here? Doesn't everyone have the *capacity* to play a ballgame? Or, if they used 能, would the nuance be different?

I'm going to make a guess.
Since 會 means to "learn how to," are they specifically looking for someone who has really learned how to play through experience or by taking lessons--so basically, they're looking for someone GOOD who can play. If they used 能, they'd just be looking for anyone who can play--the person doesn't need to be good, they just need to want to play (and now have any physical disabilities, etc.)

Am I right?

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    Hi, I think you are mostly right.
    会in chinese have 2 meanings "can" and "will"
    我会去的。 I'll go. 他会告诉你这件事的。he will tell you the whole thing.
    我会做饭。 I can cook. 我会说英语。 i can speak english.

    sometimes we use 能 to express the meaning of can.
    你能帮我吗?can you help me? 你能及时完成工作任务吗? can you finish your work in time.
    你能通过考试吗?can you pass the exam? 你能来参加派对吗?Can you join in our party?

    so i think 会做某事 MEANS not everyone can do it.能做某事MEANS i know you can do it,but maybe you have sth. else so that you can not do it.

    你会喝酒吗?can you drink.
    我会 但我不能喝酒,我开车来的。 YES I CAN DRINK, but today i can't, because i drive here.

    "can" has too meanings
    one is the ability to do something, in this case, translate it into chinesisch "會"
    the other is the possibility to do something, then the translation is "能"
    But because of the different habit and attitude
    we Chinese use can(in the meaning of "會") to express something,which other people dont understand
    do you smoke? 你抽烟吗
    can you smoke? 你会抽烟吗

    会要看在那种场合使用,有时是指将来要发生的事情,有时则指能力上的,能否胜任某事。而能的话,着重偏向能力,还有某种程度上的主观意愿。会基本相当于would ,能则相当于can
    会 have to look at that occasion use, sometimes means going to happen, or will do something.sometimes refers to the ability, can do something. while 能, it always focused on some level, also for someone's willing. 会 may be the equivalent of would, 能 may be the equivalent of can

    誰會打球? - Who can/knows how to play a ballgame?
    誰能打球? - Who will be able to play a ballgame?

    会 ..mean is can you do that?maybe answer is NO .maybe is "you can fly? "
    能. mean is you can do that .but now maybe you have something to do .work or study you dont have time do that

    会 ..mean is can you do that?maybe answer is NO .maybe is "you can fly? "
    能. mean is you can do that .but now maybe you have something to do .work or study you dont have time do that

    會 just like "ability".
    能 just like "can".

    諸君以上回答 本人恕難苟同

    "會" 用於 疑問句時 表示一種推測 是"可能" 的意思
    如:"他會來嗎?"=> 他可能來嗎?
    "會不會是他回來了?"=> 可不可能是他回來了?

    "會"用於肯定句時 才是表示 "能" "能夠" 的意思
    如:"我會游泳" => 我能夠游泳
    "只要努力,理想一定會實現。"=> 只要努力,理想一定能夠實現

    而"能" 不管是在直述句 或是 疑問句 的場合裡
    都作 "可以" "能夠" 解

    如今 諸君 把它的應用的場合與意義混為一談了

    另一關鍵 在於 "誰" 字 取決於說話人的認知範圍
    "誰" 對某些說話人而言 指的是 "特定的某些人"
    既是 "特定的某些人"
    大概無需猜測了 所以用"能"
    但對另外某些說話人而言 指的卻是 "不特定的某些人"
    既是 "不特定的某些人"
    就要猜測看看了 所以用"會"

    教練詢問球員說:下一棒, 誰"能"上場打擊?
    教練對某些球員的能耐 已經心中有譜了
    球員對教練而言 是"特定某些人"
    所以他會說:誰 "能" 在下一棒上場打擊?
    即 " 誰"可以"上場打擊?"

    下一棒, 誰"會"上場打擊呢?
    對播報員而言 是不可知的 是"不特定某些人"
    故播報員 會說: 下一棒 ,誰"會"上場打擊呢?
    即" 下一棒, 上場打擊的人"可能"是誰呢?"

    以上 不吝指教

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