Can, Could, Able to Exercise

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Can, Could, Able to Exercise

Complete the gaps in the sentences with the following:  can, could or be able to.

Careful!  More than one answer can be correct!

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She __________ (not / able) do any shopping because she forgot her money.

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He ________ (wasn't able to / couldn't) speak to her because she wasn't there.

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Although the boat caught fire, everyone _______ (was able to/could) escape.

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It was a very difficult football match. But, in the end, we ________ (were able to/could) beat the other team.

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Is this sentence true or false? You can use couldn't for all the same situations as wasn't able to.

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Is this sentence true or false? We use can or could for ability (i.e. knowledge to do something) more often than we use to be able to.

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He's very happy now that he ________ (has been able to / could) find a new job. He starts tomorrow.

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Will you ________ (able) come to my wedding?

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I _________ (not / able) make dinner yet. The baby hasn't stopped crying.

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He ________ (could / was able to) speak before learned how to walk.

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The experts say that everyone _________ learn another language.

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I've always wanted __________ (able) speak another language.

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When we were young, we used ________ (to be able to / can) play football on the street. There are too many cars to do that now.

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I forgot to bring my phone so, I ________ (wasn't able to / couldn't) phone you.

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We need someone who _________ (can / is able to) speak English very well.

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We __________ (weren't able to / couldn't) do the English exercises. They were too difficult.

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I'm very tired. I _________ (haven't been able to / couldn't) sleep recently.

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I looked in every shop for some new shoes. Finally, I ________ (was able to / could) find some in the very last shop.!

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We will be on holiday next month so we ________ (not / able) go to your party.

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You need _______ (able) swim if you want to go diving.

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She ________ (not / able) to walk since she was 10 months old.

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Now that she has lived in her own apartment for the last 3 months, she _________ (is able to / can) cook really well.

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I'm sorry that I _________ (not / able) to come to the theatre with you last night.

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__________ (able) reserve a table at the restaurant?

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Is this sentence true or false? The structure to be able to is more formal or polite than can.

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_________ (I can't / I'm not able to) call him because my telephone is out of battery. I need to charge it.

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It was very hard for her to remember the past and she _________ (wasn't able to / couldn't) tell us what happened.

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I'm much better now. I should ________ (be able to / can) walk in a couple of days.

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Have you spoken to Jane yet? No, her mobile must be switched off. I _______ to able to talk to her yet.

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We ___________ (haven't been able to / could) go on holiday this year. We don't have enough money.

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I _________ (not / able) accept the job because it was too far away.

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The doctor _________ (able) see you right now. He has another appointment.

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When I go to Malta next month, I _______ (able) practise my English.

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What famous man __________ (wasn't able to / couldn't) speak until he was 3 years old? Winston Churchill!

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Fortunately, the police _________ (able) rescue the family that was trapped in the car.

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Is this sentence true or false? Although we use can for ability, we use the form to be able to for particular situations (i.e. to manage or finally succeed).

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