Is there a difference between …able to and manage to? Does the context determine which one to use?
Here is an exercise to do, But please don’t think that it is a homework and I want you to do it for me. No I don’t mean that. But there are some gaps in the text that really confuse me since we should pay attention to the tenses used in the text.
I filled the gaps myself but I am still not sure. Gap 5 was really confusing to me.
Complete the story with the correct form of was/wasn’t able to; were/weren’t able to or managed to
One day, some people were discussing the things they (1) were able to do when they were young, and the things they (2) are not able to do now that they were old. One of them said, 'When I was young, I (3) was able to do exactly the same things that I can do now.'
'What do you mean?' the others asked. 'In my garden, there is a heavy stone,' he said. 'I tried to lift it many times when I was young, but I didn’t (4) manage to move it. And when I grew old, I still (5) …………………… lift it. Nothing has changed!'
I do appreciate your kind help.
Thank you all.