LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||09/NOV/2010 7:13 PM|
|Assunto:||be able to|
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.
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