Be able to
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Be able toBe able to has a similar meaning to can (or could in the past):
= I can't move my leg.
However, can is mainly used to express capabilities or aptitudes acquired with time, while be able to refers to temporary or precise abilities or inabilities:
He's not able to swim, the swimming pool is closed today.
Be able to also allows us to express can in different tenses in the past and the future:
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