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Modal Verbs : Be able to

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    Modal Verbs : Be able to

    Although we look at be able to here, it is not a modal verb. It is simply the verb be plus an adjective (able) followed by the infinitive. We look at be able to here because we sometimes use it instead of can and could.

    We use be able to:

    * to talk about ability

    Structure of Be able to

    subject + be + able + infinitive



    Notice that be able to is possible in all tenses, for example:

    * I was able to drive...
    * I will be able to drive...
    * I have been able to drive...

    Notice too that be able to has an infinitive form:

    * I would like to be able to speak Chinese.

    Use of Be able to


    NOTE:



    be able to: ability

    We use be able to to express ability. "Able" is an adjective meaning: having the power, skill or means to do something. If we say "I am able to swim", it is like saying "I can swim". We sometimes use "be able to" instead of "can" or "could" for ability. "Be able to" is possible in all tenses - but "can" is possible only in the present and "could" is possible only in the past for ability. In addition, "can" and "could" have no infinitive form. So we use "be able to" when we want to use other tenses or the infinitive.

    Look at these examples:

    * I have been able to swim since I was five. (present perfect)
    * You will be able to speak perfect English very soon. (future simple)
    * I would like to be able to fly an airplane. (infinitive)
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