Translation of able in French:
to be able to meaning can is usually translated by the verb pouvoir: I was not able to help him = je ne pouvais pas l'aider. When to be able to implies the acquiring of skill, 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.
- 1to be able to do pouvoir faire she was able to play the piano at the age of four elle savait jouer du piano à quatre ans
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