(someone) is able to (do something)

The phrase "be able to" means "can". When you are talking about things that someone can or can't do in the past or the future, it's better to use "be able to" than "can" or "could":

Were you able to find the I.D. you lost yesterday?

I'm sorry - I won't be able to make it to this week's meeting.

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