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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  27/JUN/2008 11:50 AM
Assunto:  be able to
 
Mensagem:  Márcio, I agree 100%.  Being able to do something doesn't mean that someone has done something.  I am able to walk over to Paseo de las Flores for breakfast this morning, but I'm not going to do it.  The implication is that he did go out, but we simply don't know. 

I was able to go out last night.  I had dinner at The Stockade.  (It would sound more natural to say "I went out last night."  It's very clear that the speaker did go out..) 

I was able to go out last night.  However, I chose to remain home and practice conjugating Persian verbs.  (In this example, it would sound more natural to say "I could have gone out last night."  It is very clear that the speaker did not go out.).


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
be able to  –  Abilio  27/JUN/2008, 8:37 AM
be able to  –  Márcio Farias  27/JUN/2008, 11:15 AM
 be able to  –  Dale/CR  27/JUN/2008, 11:50 AM

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