English English Dictionary

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unable in English:

1. to


Go to sleep.
I hope to one day speak German as well as you speak English.
Why aren't you going? "Because I don't want to."
It took me more than two hours to translate a few pages of English.
Look at me when I talk to you!
Homeroom teachers should make every effort to keep in touch with their students.
Nobody ever comes to see us in this out-of-the-way village.
If I can get into university, I am hoping to learn to speak two foreign languages.
Fewer workers meant fewer people with money to buy goods.
Franklin Roosevelt was born to a rich and important New York family.
Two roundtrip tickets to Osaka, please.
The president was quoted as saying he would like to visit Japan soon.
You are welcome to the use of our house while we are away on vacation.
It began to rain heavily just as we got to the gate.
According to the weather forecast, the rainy season will set in next week.

2. able


They're able students.
It's important to take good care of your teeth so you'll be able to eat properly when you get older.
I don't need to sound like a native speaker, I just want to be able to speak fluently.
You may be able to pass unnoticed in a city, but in a village that's not possible.
Although he had fewer supporters among the governing class, he was able to get the popular vote.
He regained consciousness and was able to talk.
The defense lawyer was confident that he would be able to answer the prosecutor's arguments in his rebuttal.
You may not learn to speak as well as a native speaker, but you should be able to speak well enough that native speakers will understand what you have to say.
Do you think you have to be able to pass for a native speaker to be an effective spy?
A good ballboy or ballgirl must be able to concentrate hard and run fast.
He is able man, but on the other hand he asks too much of us.
From the moment he arrived there, he kept on bothering his doctor to tell him when he would be able to go home.
Tom was able to make himself understood in French when he visited Paris.
I never for a moment imagined I'd be able to afford to live in such a fancy house.
I want to try my best for as long as I am physically able to.

3. at a loss


Jane was completely at a loss for what to do next
For a moment he seems to be at a loss.

4. not able to do something