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able: competent, capable, skilled
He is a very able person. He can do a lot of things.

to be able (to do something): to be capable (of doing something), to be sufficiently competent (to do something)
Pronunciation examples
UK: Lucy is a very able athlete.
US: She was unable to fix my car by Tuesday.
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  • "ChinaCorp will definitely be able to take care of the production requirements you mentioned."
  • "I haven't been able to see Game of Groans for weeks."
  • "Philip : But this year, if this rate of growth continues, I am confident that we will be able to beat."
  • "And since this is the Queen's Head pub, I thought you might be able to help me with my enquiries."
  • "I've looked at your Medical History questionnaire and I'm afraid you won't be able to give blood today."
  • "Engineers are currently developing craft which would be able to fly from London to New York in 35 hours."
  • "Philip : Will they be able to produce enough Bruno's Brew to supply this order?"
  • "I hope you are able to rearrange your travel plans."
  • "Kevin : Well Mrs Lee, because your factory seems so versatile, I was wondering if you would be able to handle our cosmetic packaging as well."
  • "'I'm afraid we are currently experiencing cash-flow problems and will not be able to pay for the shipment of perfumes until next month."

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