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    more ably manned

    Hello:

    “The English sea dogs fought back. Using craft that were swifter, more maneuverable, and more ably manned, they inflicted heavy damage on the cumbersome, overladen Spanish ships.”

    From “The American Pageant” by Thomas A. Bailey

    “Manned” means able to be operated by humans. Does “more ably manned” mean easier to be operated by humans?
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    Re: more ably manned

    Quote Originally Posted by luxury20041985 View Post
    Does “manned” mean able to be operated by humans?
    No, it means staffed.

    Quote Originally Posted by luxury20041985 View Post
    Does “more ably manned” mean easier to be operated by humans?
    No, it means staffed by staff who are (more) competent.

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