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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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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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