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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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The difference between can and be able to

zizoutamlazizoutamla Posts: 20 ✭✭
edited July 24 in English Lessons
The similarities between can and be able to:

· Both modals are be used to express ability

· Both modals are followed by the infinitive

The differences between can and be able to:

§ Can is often used to express ability in the present

“I can speak English”

§ Can is also used to imply a possible action

“He can help you”

§ Be able to, on the other hand, has to be used for a future ability

“I will be able to attend the part”

§ Be able to must be used for a past ability

“The fireman was able to rescue the baby”

§ Be able to must be used in the perfect tenses:

“He has been able to find his lost necklace”

See also: Modals of English:

[url=http://www.englishpagee.com/the-modals-can-and-be-able-to] Can vs be able to[/url]

The difference between Could and Be able to:

Both modals verbs are used in the past; however, was/were able to is used when the ability was turned into action (there was a particular action) in a particular situation.

Notice the difference:

“My father was able to speak French, I didn’t know he could” (in that situation)

“My father could speak three languages” (always)

Post edited by zizoutamla on
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