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    #1

    if she's been able to type

    If she's been able to type, she might have got the job.

    This sentence is taken from a grammar book published by Cambridge. I don't understand why the present perfect tense rather than the past perfect 'had been' is used in the 'if' clause.
    What's the difference between them?
    Does the sentence also mean 'She's able to type now'?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: if she's been able to type

    Are you sure that it says 'she's' and not 'she'd'?

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    Re: if she's been able to type

    I took the sentence from the grammar's Chinese translation. The arrangement of ideas in this section of ability is:
    1. ability in the present: ...
    2. ability in the future: By 2050 people will be able to learn a language by taking a pill.
    3. ability in the form of perfect tense:
    He's been able to speak fluent French since he was a child.
    If she's been able to type, she might have got the job.
    4. ability in the past:...

    Thank you, bhaisahab. Do you mean the 'she's been' is a typo?

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    Re: if she's been able to type

    Yes it must be.

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