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Autor:  José Roberto
E-mail:  josezambon@terra.com.br
Data:  09/NOV/2010 7:13 PM
Assunto:  be able to
 
Mensagem:  If I say "I was able to go out last weekend", does it mean I definitely went out? Would it depend on the context?

This is a typical case where the definite answer will come from a native speaker, in our case round here, Dale, who's always advising us on natural native-like usage.

As far as I am concerned, it seems you definetely went out. One can picture the following context: there were some setbacks and I first thought I wouldn't go out, but somehow I sorted the problems out so I was free to go out. Now, that's different from I went out last weekend  where we simply have one single piece of information, your going out.

JR


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
be able to  –  Natalia L.  09/NOV/2010, 1:20 PM
be able to  –  Sidney  09/NOV/2010, 2:30 PM
be able to  –  Natalia L.  09/NOV/2010, 2:50 PM
be able to  –  Fox Fox  09/NOV/2010, 6:46 PM
 be able to  –  José Roberto  09/NOV/2010, 7:13 PM
be able to  –  Dale-USA  09/NOV/2010, 9:39 PM
be able to  –  Natalia L.  09/NOV/2010, 10:41 PM
be able to  –  orlando  09/NOV/2010, 11:24 PM
be able to  –  José Roberto  10/NOV/2010, 1:02 AM
be able to or could've / what do you mean?  –  Teacher  10/NOV/2010, 1:38 PM
be able to or could've / what do you mean?  –  Deiviss  10/NOV/2010, 5:40 PM

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