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    #1

    Could or able to

    Which of the following sentence is correct
    1.Yesterday, I could lift the couch by myself.
    2.Yesterday, I was able to lift the couch by myself.
    a.Yesterday, I could not lift the couch by myself.
    b.Yesterday, I was unable to lift the couch by myself or Yesterday, I was not able to lift the couch by myself.

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    #2

    Re: Could or able to

    They are all correct.

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    #3

    Re: Could or able to

    Thanks for the reply. Also, I need to know can we use could and be able to in same sentence like "Could you be able to walk on the slippery road"

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    #4

    Re: Could or able to

    Your suggestion does not work.

    'I could get a day off work if you are able to visit us next week.'

    I can't think of a sentence using could and be able with the same subject.

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    #5

    Re: Could or able to

    You could create a context, where it would be possible, though a little forced and unnatural. If someone is unwilling to go somewhere and says they're not free, but you offer them an incentive to go:
    A: I'm sorry I don't think I will be able to go.
    B: Not even if we fly you first class?
    A: Well, on second thoughts, I could possibly be able to go if I were to go first class.
    It does sound like something from Yes, Minister, though.

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    #6

    Re: Could or able to

    Quote Originally Posted by oxford2011 View Post
    Which of the following sentence is correct
    1.Yesterday, I could lift the couch by myself.
    But the sentence doesn't say whether they actually lifted the couch, doest it?

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