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There is an interesting article which quotes the examples in Shakespeare, and explains why things have changed since then and: As the modal system developed, the association of can with be able to fell away, for two reasons. There was an overlap of meaning between the ability sense of can and that of be able to, which made "can be able to" seem ...
There is no grammatical restriction on using the adjective able with modal verbs. We can use the adjective able with the verbs may, might, can and could, for instance. Here are some examples sentences using BE + the adjective able: People can be able to change but unwilling to change. She wished she could be able to say yes if he asked her again I may be ...
No, "what" should never appear in these constructions. But you could use "that". 1) All that I've done is sleep. 2) After all that I've done, I still fail to ... However, it's also fine without.
One common expression is to be entitled: qualified for by right according to law; "we are all entitled to equal protection under the law" The free Dictionary
I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? No, there isn't! The great SOED dictionary records a 'rare' verb oblate but only with themeaning of 'offer as an oblation'. You'll have to say just 'make oblate'
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