Grammar - Modal Verbs 3 (Be able to, can, could)

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Click the most suitable word or phrase in each sentence. ANSWERS
1) She has been able to | can swim since she was seven. RULE#2
2) The burglar was able to | could enter the home through this small bathroom window. RULE#1
3) Are you able to | Can you speak French fluently? RULE#3
4) What a delicious meal! I can | am able to taste all those herbs form your garden. RULE#4
5) My uncle loved music. He could | was able to play the guitar very well. RULE#3
6) He would like to be able to | can spend a few years in Spain. RULE#2
7) When Daniel was a child he could | was able to play football better than his brother. RULE#5
8) My father's car broke down last week, but the mechanic could | was able to repair it. RULE#1
9) Where's my Jacket? I'm not sure. It could | can be over there. RULE#5
10) When he finishes his medical degree he can | will be able to work as a doctor. RULE#2
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RULE#2 => TO BE ABLE TO is used in all tenses or with the infinitive.

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RULE#2 => CAN cannot be used in all tenses!

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RULE#1 => WAS/WERE ABLE TO is used when we are talking about what happened in a particular situation.

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RULE#1 => COULD cannot be used when we are talking about what happened in a particular situation!

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RULE#3 => Sometimes TO BE ABLE TO is possible instead of CAN

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RULE#3 => Sometimes CAN is possible instead of TO BE ABLE TO

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RULE#4 => We use CAN with: UNDERSTAND, FEEL, SEE, HEAR, TASTE, SMELL, REMEMBER

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RULE#4 => We use CAN with: UNDERSTAND, FEEL, SEE, HEAR, TASTE, SMELL, REMEMBER

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RULE#3 => Sometimes COULD is possible instead of WAS/WERE ABLE TO

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RULE#3 => Sometimes WAS/WERE ABLE TO is possible instead of COULD

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RULE#2 => TO BE ABLE TO is used in all tenses or with the infinitive.

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RULE#2 => CAN cannot be used after another modal verbs!

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RULE#5 => COULD is used for general ability in the past.

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RULE#5 => WAS/WERE ABLE TO isn't used for general ability in the past.

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RULE#1 => WAS/WERE ABLE TO is used when we are talking about what happened in a particular situation.

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RULE#1 => COULD cannot be used when we are talking about what happened in a particular situation!

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RULE#5 => COULD is used to show that something is or might be possible.

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RULE#5 => We use CAN when we talk about a more general possibility!

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RULE#2 => TO BE ABLE TO is used in all tenses or with the infinitive.

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RULE#2 => CAN cannot be used in all tenses!

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