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hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,
Do you use (a) and (b) interchangeably?
(a) Can you really play swim?
(b) Are you really able to swim?

Thanks in advance.

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No, A is incorrect. You can't "play" a verb. "Play" is generally speaking only used for games and instruments (though there is also an old slang expression where it can be used with people).
 

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Oops, I made a mistake again.

How about (a') "Can you really swim"?
 
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