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    couldn't/ wasn't able to eat

    Hello, dear forum users! What do you think about this?

    1. I was feeling sick yesterday. I couldn't eat anything.
    2. I feel sad
    . I couldn't even eat now.

    1. As far as I know, talking about a specific situation/inability in the past we may use couldn't/ wasn't able to/ didn't manage to. Is it possible then to say I wasn't able to eat anything?
    2. Since the sentence is about a specific situation in the present, why do we use couldn't instead of can't or am not able to?



    Last edited by Iryn_; 25-Dec-2015 at 12:22.

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    Re: couldn't/ wasn't able to eat

    1 Yes.
    2 Couldn't suggests the impossibility of eating- it's not even worth thinking about food.

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    Re: couldn't/ wasn't able to eat

    I don't know why you can't say "I can't eat" if you're talking about the present. Anyhow, I would say: "I don't feel like eating."

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