Solutions for: App 398 / Could and Was/Were able to (1)

Let's practise using "could" and "were able to"!
"Could" and "was/were able to" are both used to talk about ability or what was possible in the past. For example: He was able to take the bus yesterday.

Could is also used for polite requests and to ask permission. For example: Could you please close the door? OR Could I open a window?
Careful: Use "was able to" for I and he/she/it but use "were able to" for you, we and they.

Questions: Put "was" or "were" or "could" at the beginning of the sentence followed by the person. For example: Were you able to win the prize?

Negations: Form them by using "wasn't/ was not" or "weren't/were not" or "couldn't/could not". For example: I wasn't able to come.
______ you please ring Claudia?

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Could
Sheila is very busy at work, but she ______ able to visit me last week.

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was
______ I ring you later to talk about our homework?

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Could
They ______ able to understand her despite not speaking the same language.

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were
I ______ ride a bike when I was three.

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could
Sorry, but we __________ able to come to your meeting yesterday.

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weren't
______ they able to climb to the top of the mountain?

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Were
______ you please let June know that I will be late?

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Could
I ______ believe my eyes when I saw it! Really amazing!

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couldn't
______ you able to finish the essay last week?

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Were
They were ______ talk about everything without being interrupted.

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able to
______ I join you, please?

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Could
Unfortunately, I __________ able to attend class yesterday.

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wasn't
I ______ ask Lisa for help with this task.

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could