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    can/could/be able to

    Please, can you help me with this?

    What would you say is the main difference between:

    I could finish my project in time
    I was able to finish my project in time

    I can sing
    I am able to sing

    Is there any big difference, and if so, what exactly tells the difference between them? Is it the context?

    Thank you so much,

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    Re: can/could/be able to

    No real difference, Criss. 'Was/were able to' is I think more common in the past tense than 'could'. 'Be able to', of course, can be used in tenses that 'can' and 'could' are unable to be used.


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