I'm trying to complete my English coursework and cannot find a way around using 'is able to' in this context "Throughout the novel McEwan 'is able to' convey..." and I need to find another way of saying this.

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    Succeeds in conveying Is successful in conveying Successfully gets across.... Makes us understand Helps us to grasp... – Ronald Sole Apr 2 '17 at 13:11
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    Consider dropping it entirely: "... McEwan conveys ...". – Lawrence Apr 2 '17 at 13:19
  • "McEwan ably/skillfully/adeptly conveys..." – mahmud k pukayoor Apr 2 '17 at 13:49
  • Did he actually convey or was he simply able to convey? It's no joke the brevity is the soul of wit. – Canis Lupus Apr 2 '17 at 16:14
  • explains, teaches, imparts, shows, relates, educates, can ? – WRX Apr 2 '17 at 19:09

Maybe you should try 'succeeds in conveying'. So the sentence will look like "Throughout the novel McEwan succeeds in conveying.......".

Hope this helps.


Have you considered using "is capable of"? in your sentence it would be used as: "... McEwan is capable of conveying..." and should read identically after your passage.

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