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    Question could have been saved vs. would have been able to be saved

    Hi there!

    Could someone tell me if there is a difference between these two sentences?

    -The man could have been saved if they had arrived in time.
    -The man would have been able to be saved if they had arrived in time.

    Thanks,
    Michelle

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    Re: could have been saved vs. would have been able to be saved

    Quote Originally Posted by michelleconcepci View Post
    Hi there!

    Could someone tell me if there is a difference between these two sentences?

    -The man could have been saved if they had arrived in time.
    -The man would have been able to be saved if they had arrived in time.

    Thanks,
    Michelle
    The first is far more likely.
    Be able to is rare with passive constructions; it appears to associate ability with the grammatical subject of the sentence, which is nonsense.

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