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    What is the difference between "can" and "able to"?

    Thanks.

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    susiedqq is offline Key Member
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    Re: difference

    Depends on how it is used.

    can = able to
    We can sign up for class tomorrow only

    can = allowed to
    You can paint your room purple if you want.

    can = have the right to
    You can vote at age 18.


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    Re: difference

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Depends on how it is used.

    can = able to
    We can sign up for class tomorrow only

    can = allowed to
    You can paint your room purple if you want.

    can = have the right to
    You can vote at age 18.

    Also their certain verb tenses that "can" can't handle, so we use "be able to":

    I haven't been able to do anything so far.
    You'll be able to do it when you're older.
    Being able to speak English is becoming more and more important.
    I used to be able to touch my toes without bending my knees.

    Lou

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