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    Managed to

    What is Managed to? What's the difference between it and Could?

    "I managed to/could save her"

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    "I manged to save her" is correct. "Could" has nothing to do with this.

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    Re: Managed to

    'Managed to save' means 'successfully saved'. 'Could save' means 'was able to save'.
    Am I right or wrong?

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    It would have to be "could have saved her" which would not be the same.

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    Re: Managed to

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Managed to save' means 'successfully saved'. 'Could save' means 'was able to save'.
    Am I right or wrong?

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    I read on a website that said "was/were able" is same as "managed to"

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    Re: Managed to

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    I read on a website that said "was/were able" is same as "managed to"
    They are not the same. They can have a similar meaning in certain contexts. "After trying for hours I was able to knurdle the grommits on the cordwangler" or "After trying for hours I managed to knurdle the grommits on the cordwangler", for example.

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    So, what's the difference between these both?

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    Re: Managed to

    1. He could save her, but he didn't do so.
    2. He was able to save her, but he didn't do so.
    'Someone could/was able to do something' does not necessarily mean that s/he really did so.
    Am I right or wrong?

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    Re: Managed to

    "Managed to" implies that there was some sort of struggle and effort put into it and that the outcome was uncertain.

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    Matthew, your first should be: "He could have saved her, but he didn't do so."

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