Nov 10, 2016

UNIT 26 • Can, could and (be) able to

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, 75 answers
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  • Complete the sentences using ‘can’ or ‘(be) able to’. Use ‘can’ if possible; otherwise use ‘(be) able to’.
    • George has travelled a lot. He  . . . 
      can
      speak four languages.
      • be able to
      • can
      • been able to

    • I haven’t  . . . 
      been able to
      sleep very well recently.
      • can
      • be able to
      • been able to

    • Sandra  . . . 
      can
      drive but she hasn’t got a car.
      • can
      • been able to
      • be able to

    • I can’t understand Martin. I’ve never  . . . 
      been able to
      understand him.
      • can
      • be able to
      • been able to

    • I used to  . . . 
      be able to
      stand on my head but I can’t do it now.
      • be able to
      • can
      • been able to

    • I can’t see you on Friday but I  . . . 
      can
      meet you on Saturday morning.
      • can
      • be able to
      • been able to

    • Ask Catherine about your problem. She might  . . . 
      be able to
      help you.
      • can
      • be able to
      • been able to

  • Write sentences about yourself using the ideas in brackets.
    • I used to (sing / well)
      something you used to be able to do

      • I used (run fast)
        something you used to be able to do

        • I’d (play / musical instrument)
          something you would like to be able to do

          • I’ve (get up / early)
            something you have never been able to do

          • Complete the sentences with ‘can’, ‘can’t’, ‘could’, ‘couldn’t …’ + one of these verbs:

            come       ○      can       ○      hear       ○      run       ○      sleep       ○      wait
            • I’m afraid I to your party next week.
              When Tim was 16, he was a fast runner. He 100 meters in 11 seconds.
              Are you in a hurry?’ ~ ‘No, I’ve got plenty of time. I .’
              I was feeling sick yesterday. I anything.
              Can you speak up a bit? I you very well.
              ‘You look tired.’ ~ ‘Yes, I last night,’

            • Complete the answers to the questions with ‘was / were able to’.
              • A:       Did everybody escape from the fire?
                B:       Yes. Although the fire spread quickly, everybody

                • A:       Did you have difficulty finding Ann’s house?
                  B:       Not really. Ann had given us good directions and we

                  • A:       Did you finish your work this afternoon?
                    B:       Yes. There was nobody to disturb me, so I

                    • A:       Did the thief get away?
                      B:       Yes. No one realised what was happening and the thief

                    • Complete the sentences using ‘could’, ‘couldn’t’ or ‘was / were able to’. Sometimes more than one answer is possible.
                      • My grandfather was a very clever man. He  . . . 
                        could
                        speak five languages.
                        • could
                        • couldn’t
                        • was able to
                        • weren’t able to

                      • I looked everywhere for the book but I  . . . 
                        couldn’t
                        find it.
                        • could
                        • couldn’t
                        • wasn’t able to
                        • weren’t able to

                      • They didn’t want to come with us at first but we  . . . 
                        were able to
                        persuade them.
                        • could
                        • was able to
                        • were able to
                        • weren’t able to

                      • Laura had hurt her leg and  . . . 
                        couldn’t
                        walk very well.
                        • could
                        • couldn’t
                        • was able to
                        • wasn’t able to

                      • Sue wasn’t at home when I phoned but I  . . . 
                        was able to
                        contact her at her office.
                        • could
                        • was able to
                        • were able to
                        • weren’t able to

                      • I looked very carefully and I  . . . 
                        could
                        see a figure in the distance.
                        • could
                        • was able to
                        • wasn’t able to
                        • were able to

                      • I wanted to buy some tomatoes. The first shop I went to didn’t have any but I  . . . 
                        was able to
                        get some in the next shop.
                        • could
                        • couldn’t
                        • was able to
                        • wasn’t able to

                      • My grandmother loved music. She  . . . 
                        could
                        play the piano very well.
                        • was able to
                        • wasn’t able to
                        • were able to
                        • could

                      • A girl fell into the river but fortunately we  . . . 
                        were able to
                        rescue her.
                        • could
                        • couldn’t
                        • were able to
                        • weren’t able to

                      • I had forgotten to bring my camera so I  . . . 
                        couldn’t
                        take any photographs.
                        • couldn’t
                        • was able to
                        • wasn’t able to
                        • could

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