1. can’t wait – to be excited about something
Ex: I can’t wait to see my friends next week. It’s going to be wonderful.
2. can’t stand – to strongly dislike something
Ex: I can’t stand the traffic in London.
3. can’t bear – to strongly dislike something because it makes you unhappy
Ex: She can’t bear to be away from her family longer than a week.
4. can’t take it – cannot tolerate something
Ex: I can’t take his constant shouting anymore. I have to leave.
5. can’t be bothered – to have no interest in something
Ex: I know I should got for a run but I can’t be bothered tonight.
6. can’t take my eyes off her/him – to be attracted to someone
Ex: Simon can’t seem to take his eyes off the new Marketing assistant.
7. can’t win – life is difficult
Ex: Sometimes no matter what you do in life, you can’t win.
8. can’t help it – to have no control over something
Ex: I can’t help it, I find chocolate digestive irresistible!
9. can’t think straight – cannot concentrate
Ex: I am so tired that I can’t think straight.
10. can’t hear myself think – cannot concentrate
Ex: There is so much noise here that I can’t hear myself think.
Edited by ICA