...so she couldn't/wasn't able to write.

marcogaiotto

Senior Member
Italian
She had hurt her rught hand, so she couldn't/wasn't able to write.

Hello! In this case, what had I better say? I think both options are correct: do you agree? Thanks a lot in advance!
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, you can use either: couldn’t = wasn’t or weren’t able to

    present tense / past tense:
    she can write / she could write
    she’s able to write / she was able to write

    But of course “could” is used in other ways too.
     
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