Do you play the piano? vs Can you play the piano?

Hello there :smiley:

What exactly is the difference in meaning between

  1. Do you play the piano ?
  2. Can you play the piano ?

Thanks in advance,

mdenglish :smiley:

Good question. Both question can mean โ€˜are you able to play the pianoโ€™, but 1. could also ask โ€˜do you (regularly) play the pianoโ€™. Still, both questions ask for ability.

Hello again :smiley:

Thank you for your explanation. Much appreciate it ( or much appreciated, not sure this one is correct).
What about if you ask someone

  1. Excuse me, can you speak English ? (Does that sound rude ?)
  2. Excuse me, do you speak English ?

And what about a question to a person about food

  1. Can you eat meat ?
  2. Do you eat meat ?

Thanks in advance :smiley:

mdenglish :smiley: