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EtymologyEdit

can +‎ be able

VerbEdit

can be able (third-person singular simple present can be able, present participle -, simple past could be able, past participle -)

  1. (nonstandard) can; to be able
    • 1838, Thomas Wright, Queen Elizabeth and her Times:
      For without forces to be present with me, for the wythstanding of any soddayn attempte, what can I be able to do?
    • 2011, Vivian Ditzler, A Touch of Mortality, page 195:
      How can I be able to feel such sensation as pain?
    • 2012, Troy Abraham, Dawn of New Era:
      Once we can be able to learn how trapped these kind of things are it can be able to persuade us in a way to investigate more about them.