how to pronounce able


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the above transcription of able is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

able is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of able in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… penicillin in 1928 being able to kill …”

meaning of able

Able means having the skills and resources to do something.

able frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word able occurs in english on average 381.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics able can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that able can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to able


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