英文文法專題討論 (2)
撰文者: Wayne 發表日期: March 24, 2009 – 9:55 am


1. 過去能力: 一般能力

(用法):could / be able to

Mary could read when she was four.
= Mary was able to read when she was four.

Professor Wu could speak ten languages.

2. 過去能力:以能力完成的單一事件

(用法):be able to /managed to / succeeded in + Ving

How many eggs were you able to get?

I managed to find a really nice dress in the sale. 

In spite of these insults, John managed not to get angry.

After six hours’ climbing, we succeeded in getting to the top of the mountain.

3. 過去能力:以能力完成的單一事件 (使用 could)

搭配的動詞包含:see, hear, taste, feel, smell, understand, remember, guess

I could smell burning.

I could understand everything she said.

I’m glad you could come.

I managed to find the street, but I couldn’t find her home.

**(limiting adverb)
I could only get six eggs.

**(negative adverb)
She could hardly believe her eyes.

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