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  • 1. Language Development Ways of Expressing Ability
    • Subject : English
    • Level : First Certificate
    • Teacher : SOLEDAD CORDON
  • 2. A Present:Can Can is more common than be able to in the present: Can you play tennis? No, I can`t Note: Can also expresses future ability, if we are deciding now about the future: I can play tennis tomorrow if you want .
  • 3. B Past: could/was able to
    • *Use could for general past ability:
    • Could you play chess when you were a child?
    • *Use was able to , not could, for ability in a specific a situation:
    • I was finally able to finish my model plane last weekend .
    • *Use wasn`t able to or coudn`t for both general and specific ability:
    • I coudn`t/wasn`t able to beat Tom at squash yesterday .
  • 4. C Furute/Perfect tenses/Infinitive form: be able to
    • Can has no infinitive or past participle, so we use be able to :
    • I will be able to play more tennis in the summer.
    • Has he ever been able to finish a marathon?
    • I might be able to go hiking next weekend.
  • 5. D Other ways of expressing ability
    • I konw how to play chess. (I have learned the skill)
    • I succeeded in beating my sister last week. (suggests some difficulty)
    • I managed to beat my brother as well. (suggest a lot of difficult)