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

Translation of able in Spanish:


  • 1 (predicative) to be able to + infinitive
    poder + infinitive
    (referring to particular skills) saber + infinitive
    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 … [formal]
    me complace poder comunicarle que … [formal]
    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 or 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 or no logró convencerlos
    I'm afraid I'm not able to confirm it
    me temo que no puedo or que no me es posible confirmarlo
    Example sentences
    • Born into a noble family, Neroccio was one of the most able artists of late 15th-century Siena.
    • 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.
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