1) (having enough strength, knowledge etc to do something: He was able to open the door; He will come if he is able.) capaz
2) (clever and skilful; capable: a very able nurse.) competente
3) (legally competent: able to vote.) con derecho a
able adj capaz / hábil
she is an able businesswoman es una mujer muy hábil para los negocios
to be able to do something poder hacer algo / saber hacer algo
will you be able to come to the party? ¿podrás venir a la fiesta?
he was able to drive when he was sixteen sabía conducir a los dieciséis años
1 que puede
those able to escape did so aquéllos que podían se escaparon
2 (capable) hábil, capaz, competente
he's a very able administrator es un gestor muy competente
to be able to poder
we weren't able to go no pudimos ir
will you be able to do it? ¿podrás hacerlo?
able seaman marinero hecho
able ['eɪbəl] adj, abler ; ablest
1) capable: capaz, hábil
2) competent: competente
capacitado, -a adj.
capaz adj.
competente adj.
entendido, -a adj.
hábil adj.
talentoso, -a adj.
1) (pred)

to be able to + inf — poder* + inf; (referring to particular skills) saber* + inf

to be able to see/hear — poder* ver/oír

to be able to sew/swim — saber* coser/nadar

will you be able to go? — ¿podrás ir?

those least able to afford it — aquellos que menos pueden permitírselo

2) abler 'eɪblər, 'eɪblə(r), ablest 'eɪbləst, 'eɪblɪst (proficient) hábil, capaz
1. ADJ

to be able to do sth — (of acquired skills) saber hacer algo; (other contexts) poder hacer algo

the child isn't able to walk (yet) — el niño no sabe andar (todavía)

he's not able to walk — no puede andar

come as soon as you are able — ven en cuanto puedas

I was eventually able to escape — por fin pude escaparme, por fin logré escaparme

able to pay — solvente

2) (=capable) [person] capaz; [piece of work] sólido

she is one of our ablest pupils — es una de nuestras alumnas más capaces


able seaman N — marinero m de primera or patentado

Poder and saber can both translate to be able to, can and could.
► Use saber when to be able to, can and could mean "know how to":
Can you type? ¿Sabes escribir a máquina?
His wife couldn't drive Su mujer no sabía conducir
Other contexts
► Generally, use poder:
He can stay here Puede quedarse aquí
We have not been able to persuade them No hemos podido convencerlos When can and could are followed by find or a verb of perception - see, hear, feel, taste or smell - they are usually not translated:
I can't find it No lo encuentro
What can you see? ¿Qué ves?
Alternatives to "poder"
► When to be able means "to be capable of", you can often use ser capaz de as an alternative to poder:
I don't think he'll be able to resist it No creo que sea capaz de or pueda resistirlo For further uses and examples, see able, can
* * *
1) (pred)

to be able to + inf — poder* + inf; (referring to particular skills) saber* + inf

to be able to see/hear — poder* ver/oír

to be able to sew/swim — saber* coser/nadar

will you be able to go? — ¿podrás ir?

those least able to afford it — aquellos que menos pueden permitírselo

2) abler ['eɪblər, 'eɪblə(r)], ablest ['eɪbləst, 'eɪblɪst] (proficient) hábil, capaz

English-spanish dictionary. 2013.

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