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able

Pronunciation: /ˈeɪbəl/

Translation of able in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1 (predicative/predicativo) to be able to + infinitive/infinitivo poder* + infinitive/infinitivo (referring to particular skills) saber* + infinitive/infinitivo 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.
  • 2
    (abler /ˈeɪblər; ˈeɪblə(r)/, ablest /ˈeɪbləst; ˈeɪblɪst/)
    (proficient) [politician/performer/administrator] hábil, capaz some of our ablest officers algunos de nuestros oficiales más capaces

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