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    #1

    can vs is able to

    Your handwriting on the envelope is so illegible, I wonder if the postman can / is able to read the address.

    Which verb should I use?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 07-Jul-2012 at 19:25. Reason: amendment of second sentence

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    #2

    Re: can vs is able to

    NOT A TEACHER

    I wonder if the postman can read the address.

    I wonder if the postman is able to read the address.

    Both are fine.

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    #3

    Re: can vs is able to

    Also, "will be able to".

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