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    #1

    would be able to vs could

    Hello,

    1.
    I wish he could speak English fluently.
    2. I wish he would be able to speak English fluently.

    3. When I was a child, I could do my own homework by myself.
    4. When I was a child, I would be able do my own homework by myself.

    I would like to ask if I can use 'would be able to' instead of 'could' in the sentences I have written.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: would be able to vs could

    1. I wish he could speak English fluently.
    2. I wish he would be able towere able to speak English fluently.

    3. When I was a child, I could do my own homework by myself.
    4. When I was a child, I would be able dowas able to do my own homework by myself.

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