In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1to be able to + inf — saber + inf
- to be able to see/hear — poder ver/oír
- to be able to sew/type — saber coser/escribir a máquina
- they were finally able to expose him — finalmente pudieron desenmascararlo
- will you be able to go? — ¿podrás ir?
- I am pleased to be able to inform you that … — me complace poder comunicarle que …
- I think he's best able to answer that question himself — creo que él es quien mejor puede contestar a esa pregunta
- by then you'll be able to speak French fluently — para entonces vas a (saber) hablar francés con fluidez
- he proved well able to look after himself — demostró que era capaz de / que podía valerse muy bien por sí mismo
- those least able to afford it — aquellos que menos pueden permitírselo
- he wasn't able to convince them — no pudo / no logró convencerlos
- I'm afraid I'm not able to confirm it — me temo que no puedo / que no me es posible confirmarlo
- This Club has lost one of its ablest, best-liked, and most beloved members.
- Even as she got older and became physically less able, she was still as sharp as a button.
- Abler students would do well to supplement Post's book with Bell's ‘Elizabethan Women and Poetry of Courtship’.
- Two of the abler young novelists of the time, Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene, were converts to Roman Catholicism.
- This will encourage children to work hard to improve in areas where they are less able.
- I think she's the ablest person I ever worked with in public life.
- Born into a noble family, Neroccio was one of the most able artists of late 15th-century Siena.
- He praises her uncomplaining acceptance of the restrictions and disregard she had to bear as a woman when she knew herself to be much abler than most men.
- The translation was made by an array of the most able scholars and poets of the time.
- The country needs more able, less ideologically warped people in charge.
2abler" /ˈeɪblərˈeɪblə(r)/, "ablest /ˈeɪbləstˈeɪblɪst/(proficient)(performer/politician/administrator) hábil(administrator/politician/performer) capazsome of our ablest officers — algunos de nuestros oficiales más capaces
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