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    #1

    can or ''able to''



    If I could I'd travel to Europe.

    If I was able to I'd travel to Europe.

    Which is correct one, please?
    As far as I know, "can" is associated to "permission". In this context, however, please consider that permission is not a problem.
    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: can or ''able to''

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post


    If I could I'd travel to Europe.

    If I was able to I'd travel to Europe.

    Which is correct one, please?
    As far as I know, "can" is associated to "permission". In this context, however, please consider that permission is not a problem.
    Thanks.
    Both are correct, JC. The situation/context would determine usage. can and could, besides permission, also denote ability and possibility. Within the latter two frameworks, there a lot of different meanings/possible scenarios.


    • Join Date: Jul 2008
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    #3

    Smile Re: can or ''able to''

    hi there. I think you can check the words in an online dictionary. e.g longman
    and you'd better reconsider the circumstance before deciding the appropriate one.

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