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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > "to be able to"    

"to be able to"


"to be able to"
Here is a sentence in a textbook: 
"A skunk īs spray makes other animals not see."
While the meaning is clear to me, is this sentence correct grammatically?
Could I use the following sentences:
  1.  A skunk īs spray makes other animals not able to see.
  2.  A skunk īs spray makes other animals not be able to see.
  3.  A skunk īs spray makes other animals unable to see.

Thank you!

18 May 2017      

United States

The original sentence is a little awkward, but it is correct. Your three options are all good, but #2 doesn īt really need "be", so 1 and 3 are better choices.

18 May 2017     

United States

I guess the textbook is trying to limit vocabulary. It would sound more natural to say the spray blinds animals, or makes animals blind.

18 May 2017