had able to ...


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Officials said there was still a possibility, though slim, that the miners had able to reach airtight chambers after the explosion, where there are stockpiles of food, water and oxygen. ---taken from the NYT

Dear all,

I do think there is a "been" missing between "had" and "able to", but need your confirmation. Thanks in advance.

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    American English
    Yes, I think you're right. Why not write to them online? If you do, quote the headline and the problem sentence and include the URL of the page.


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    AE, Español
    This sort of mistake happens to me when I'm switching between two versions and accidentally combine the two. Here, either "had been able to" and "were able to" might both have been under consideration.