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    hoangkha is offline Member
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    Default Can/Could and Be able to.

    Hi!
    1- I'm sorry that I ............... phone you yesterday because I had a lot of things to do.
    A- was not able to (key)
    B- could not
    2- I ................... play football now, but when I was young I ................. play very well.
    A- cannot/could (key)
    B- am not able to/was able to
    Why isn't B chosen in the above sentences, please?

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    Default Re: Can/Could and Be able to.

    Who said or where did you read that "A" is the only possible answer?

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    Default Re: Can/Could and Be able to.

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Who said or where did you read that "A" is the only possible answer?
    They are from exercises. Of course.

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    Default Re: Can/Could and Be able to.

    It's based around the idea that was able to is better for a single occasion, but this is not a rule and in many cases either form can be used.

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