If 食べれる means "can eat", 食べれます means the same but polite, and 食べれません means "can not eat" but in its polite form, how do I say "can not eat" in the nonpolite form?
Another little question: how can I say "can be". For example, "I can be that person".
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First of all, it should be 食べられる rather than 食べれる, although the latter form is used. See this link.
Once you have conjugated a verb into the potential form it behaves just like any other iru-eru/group 1 (whatever you want to call it) verb.
As you probably already know, to make a group 1 verb negative you just remove る and replace it with ない. So we get 食べられない.
Furthermore, ない just behaves like an i-adjective so you can get the past tense exactly as you would expect: 食べられなかった. Conjugation in Japanese is really logical :-)
I'm not a native speaker, but I can't think of any way to turn 'to be' into potential form. My guess is that this isn't a natural thing to do. If had to say "I can be that person" I think would use なる (become) and say: あの人になれます。
The verb for “to be”, when applied to people, is
いる. Potential form of it is
いられる, so in theory you could say something like
[私は]あの人でいられる, though it would be a really awkward phrase and I doubt it would get your meaning across. It’s better to use
なれる(can become), as mentioned by others. I think the only common usage of
いられる I’ve seen is for wishes, e.g.
[I wish that you] stay(=can be) in good health this year as well
[I hope that you] stay cheerful