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Can vs. be able to #1 (permalink) Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:19 pm   Can vs. be able to
 

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ESL/EFL Test #120 "Conditional Tenses", question 9

If I pay you twice as much, will you ......... to finish by Tuesday?

(a) are able
(b) is able
(c) be able
(d) can be able

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ESL/EFL Test #120 "Conditional Tenses", answer 9

If I pay you twice as much, will you be able to finish by Tuesday?

Correct answer: (c) be able

Your answer was: incorrect
If I pay you twice as much, will you can be able to finish by Tuesday?
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if ianswer be able it will not be aquestion but if i use can be able it will be in the question form,, so please explaine for me more

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Can/be able #2 (permalink) Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:52 pm   Can/be able
 

Hi Fatma,

I must explain that can is a so-called defective verb, which means it doesn't have the usual parts that other verbs have. There is no infinitive for can and so we have to use a substitute - be able. When we want to make a question with can, we say either:

Can you help me?

or

Are you able to help me?

In the future form the only possibility is:

Will you be able to help me?

But you do not use can together with be able.

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Can vs. be able to #3 (permalink) Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:28 pm   Can vs. be able to
 

If I pay you twice as much..- please explain: as much= like this big quantity?

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Can vs. be able to #4 (permalink) Thu Sep 29, 2011 13:29 pm   Can vs. be able to
 

Hi,

'Twice as much' = two times more. If one plumber charges 100 per day for work and another plumber charges twice as much, the second plumber charges 200.

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