The Picture Is To Illustrate Can, Could, Be Able To
Can, Could And Be Able To: Ability.
Most times we make use of be able to instead of can and could to speak about ability. We don't use be able to -
*When we discuss about something that is happening, as we talk:
The Picture Is To Illustrate A Boy Standing On One Leg Before His Dad
√ 'Watch me, Dad, I can stand on one leg.'
'Not watch me, Dad, I'm able to stand on one leg'.
√ Films can now easily be flooded online. (Rather than films are now easily able to be flooded online.)
*When The Meaning Is 'Known How To'
√ Can you cook? (Rather than are you able to cook?)
*If We Talk About A Single Achievement, Rather Than A General Ability In The Past, We Usually Use Be Able To Rather Than Could.
The Picture Is To Illustrate A Boy Playing Piano
√ Goodluck could play the piano very well (a specific achievement).
√ Or was able to play the piano very well (a general ability).
√ He Swam strongly and was able to cross the river easily; even though it was swollen by the heavy rain. (a general achievement)
Not she swam strongly and could cross the river easily;...... (a specific achievement)
However, could is usually more natural than be able to in
√ I tried to move my hands but I couldn't move them.
*With Verbs Of The Senses
For example, feel, hear, see, smell, taste, and with verbs of 'thinking', e.g. believe, decide, remember and understand.
√ I could remember the accident vividly well, but nothing after that.
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