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    Can x Could x Be able to

    Hello and have a nice Sunday!

    Could you help me understand the use of can/could and be able to better?

    I was reading a textbook where I found out a small difference.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Can x Could x Be able to

    Can- present ability/ Could past ability
    For possibilty, can is a stronger possibility.

    The general distinction between can/could and be able to is the occasion:

    I could swim when I was five / I wasn't able to swim yesterday because I was ill.

    However, this distinction is far from a rule.


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