can and able to?

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Hello.............................

Can and Able to have same meaning.

But...............................

When can we use can?

And..............................

When can we use able to?

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In tenses where the two options exist, 'able to' is more used for single events and 'can' for general ability:

I could swim when I was 8.
Even though the sea was rough, I was able to swim to the shore safely.
;-)
 
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tdol said:
In tenses where the two options exist, 'able to' is more used for single events and 'can' for general ability:

I could swim when I was 8.
Even though the sea was rough, I was able to swim to the shore safely.
;-)

Is that the same with:

I can come next week if you like.
I'm able to come next week if you like.
 

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I said 'more used' because it would be rare to find a sentence where you could only use 'able to', except in forms where can doesn't exist, like the present perfect. ;-)
 
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