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capable

English translation of capable

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The French word 'capable' directly translates to 'able' in English. It is used in similar contexts as in English, to express ability or susceptibility. Notably, it can be used in conjunction with 'de' followed by an infinitive verb to express capacity to do something specific.


Example sentences using: capable

Je suis capable de nager.

English translation of Je suis capable de nager.

I am capable of swimming.

This phrase implies that the speaker has the ability (is capable) to swim. The original French sentence follows the structure of 'je suis (I am) + capable de (capable of) + verb'.

Tu es capable de faire mieux.

English translation of Tu es capable de faire mieux.

You are capable of doing better.

In this example, the speaker is telling the other person that they have the ability to do better. Using 'capable de' before a verb indicates the possibility to perform the verb's action.

Il n'est pas capable de comprendre.

English translation of Il n'est pas capable de comprendre.

He is not capable of understanding.

This sentence expresses that 'he' does not have the ability to understand something. A negative sentence is formed in French by adding 'ne' before the verb and 'pas' after the verb.

Nous sommes capables de résister.

English translation of Nous sommes capables de résister.

We are capable of resisting.

This statement means that 'we' have the power or ability to resist something. The plural form 'sommes capables de' is used because the subject is in plural form.

Elle est capable de gagner la course.

English translation of Elle est capable de gagner la course.

She is capable of winning the race.

This sentence expresses that 'she' has the ability to win the race. It's used to express confidence in someone's ability to achieve something.

Je suis capable de le faire.

English translation of Je suis capable de le faire.

I am capable of doing it.

This phrase means the speaker has the ability to do 'it'. The 'it' in this sentence refers to a specific task mentioned in previous context.

Vous êtes capable de changer.

English translation of Vous êtes capable de changer.

You are capable of changing.

In this example, the speaker is expressing belief in the other person's ability to change. 'Capable de' is used to express the potential to perform the action.

Nous sommes capables de réussir.

English translation of Nous sommes capables de réussir.

We are capable of succeeding.

Here, the group (referred as 'we') is expressing their confidence in the ability to succeed. The phrase 'sommes capables de' is used to show a collective ability.

Tu es capable de t'adapter.

English translation of Tu es capable de t'adapter.

You are capable of adapting.

This sentence is telling the person that they have the ability to adapt. The reflexive verb 'adapter' is prefixed by 't'', showing the action refers back to the subject.

Ils ne sont pas capables de résoudre le problème.

English translation of Ils ne sont pas capables de résoudre le problème.

They are not capable of solving the problem.

This sentence implies that 'they' do not have the ability to solve a problem. The negative form 'ne...pas' is used to express the inability.

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