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British English: /ˈeɪb(ə)l/
American English: /ˈeɪbəl/

Translation of able in French:


To be able to meaning can is usually translated by the verb pouvoir: I was not able to go = je ne pouvais pas y aller; I was not able to help him = je ne pouvais pas l'aider. The main exception to this occurs when to be able to implies the acquiring of a skill, when savoir is used: he's nine and he's still not able to read = il a neuf ans et il ne sait toujours pas lire.For more examples and other uses, see the entry below.
  • 1 (having ability to)to be able to do/be
    pouvoir faire/être
    he was/wasn't able to read it
    il pouvait/ne pouvait pas le lire
    she was able to play the piano at the age of four
    elle savait jouer du piano à quatre ans
    I'll be (better) able to give you more information after the meeting
    je serai en mesure de or je pourrai vous donner plus de renseignements après la réunion
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