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    #1

    would be able to

    I'd be able to tell him you spiked close to 75,000 new viewers since you broke your story.

    Hi,

    If I change 'would be able to' to 'might be able to' would that me the same?

    Thanks.

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    Re: would be able to

    Hello, shhop319.

    What do you mean by 'spiked'?

    (Edit) Do you mean something along the line of 'to increase' by the verb 'spike'?
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 03-Apr-2014 at 06:17.

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    Re: would be able to

    Quote Originally Posted by shhop319 View Post
    I'd be able to tell him you spiked close to 75,000 new viewers since you broke your story.

    Hi,

    If I change 'would be able to' to 'might be able to' would that me the same?

    Thanks.
    I'm not sure why "I would be able to tell him" has been used at all. If that spike is a fact, then "I can tell him you spiked ..." would be fine. To start with "I would be able to tell him" or "I might be able to tell him", you would generally follow it with a hypothetical/possibility like "... if you spike close to ...".

    I assume by "spike" you mean that at its most popular, there were close to 75,000 new members at some point since the story broke.

    "My blog gets about 200 readers a day but on the day I posted a story about Brad Pitt, it went up and up over the course of the day, finally spiking at 7,452 readers at 7pm."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: would be able to

    Yes. A guy speaking a sentence is talking about the TV news ratings. And it means, I think, he in the sentence managed to attract close to 75,000 new viewers.

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    Re: would be able to

    If the spike is genuine, then why would the person use might be able? As an alternative to would be able, you could use could, which would work better IMO, or can as suggested by emsr2d2.

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