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    #1

    was (not) able to/could (not)

    Are all these questions correct? If not, why?

    - He was able to repair the car yesterday. (I can’t write „He could repair the car yesterday“, can I?)

    - He wasn’t able to repair the car yesterday. ( Can I also write: „He couldn’t repair the car yesterday“ ? Is it the same meaning? )

    Lenka


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    Re: was (not) able to/could (not)

    I can’t write „He could repair the car yesterday“, can I?
    Yes, it's ok.

    Can I also write: „He couldn’t repair the car yesterday“ ? Is it the same meaning?
    Yes.

    FRC

  1. ARMION
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    Re: was (not) able to/could (not)

    There is a difference...

    If the work is hard, and u succeed in it.. you may use "Though the work was hard, but i was able to do it"...

    But you can say "I could do the work yesterday, but i didn't have time for it"..

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