Query regarding the use of the word 'able'


Is it a complete sentence : 'we shall be able'?


Can 'Able' be used in this manner or does it always take "Able to (do, or not do, something)"

Able asked Apr 21 at 03:41 Dipak Dholakia New member

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This is almost certainly not a complete sentence.

However, more context would be helful to say definitively.


The only example of similar usage I was able to find in published literature is from Luke 13:24 in the King James Version of the Bible:


Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. (source)


However, the New International Version has it as


Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (source)


In general: able indeed normally takes a complement, but not always a to-infinitive, as in


They are going to be able engineers.


Of course, this is using able in a somewhat different sense.

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