I am confused with the use of できていません in sentence :


When I checked the dictionary it shows that できる means CAN(DO)/ BE ABLE TO while ている is for present progressive so I translate it as:

I cannot do/am not doing tomorrow's homework/report yet.

However when I checked google translate it gives me:

I have not yet made one report for tomorrow's homework.

1. Where did Google get made?
2. What is the correct translation?
3. Can we replace できる with おわる?

Thank you,


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    Hint: できる has several meanings. Try checking a better dictionary. Also you cannot use おわる because the subject of the sentence is 宿題のレポート and that's not the thing/person doing the finishing. Apr 18, 2019 at 5:54
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    Also ている isn't always present progressive. See this link japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/3122/… Apr 18, 2019 at 5:59
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    Also, there's another small problem with your google translated sentence: the construction: [一 + counter + も + negative] means roughly "not even one" => no one, none, nothing etc. So it would roughly mean: "I still haven't written [the other main meaning of 出来る is "to be ready, to be completed" => できていません = polite: is not completed/ready] even one page of the report for tomorrow's homework."
    – Arie
    Apr 18, 2019 at 8:20


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