ability


ability
01. She has a natural [ability] in sports, and seems to do well in any sport she tries.
02. His [ability] to run 6 miles in 40 minutes is incredible for a man his age.
03. If you are [able] to come to the party, everyone will be really happy to see you.
04. If you are [unable] to do the job alone, just ask Beverly to give you a hand.
05. His [inability] to speak French has limited his advancement in the federal public service.
06. Peter seems to have a natural [ability] for learning languages.
07. Martha's [inability] to overcome her fear of water has kept her from learning how to swim.
08. The victim was so scared that she was [unable] to answer the policeman's questions until hours after the attack.
09. George Allen once observed that each of us has been put on earth with the [ability] to do something well.
10. Napoleon Bonaparte once said that [ability] is nothing without opportunity.
11. There is a Swedish proverb which states that the strongest among the disabled is the one who never forgets his [disability].
12. Australia's largest bird, the emu, has the [ability] to run over 40 miles an hour.
13. He has a lot of natural [ability] in sports, but he doesn't work very hard.
14. Morocco has to import a lot of its food because the desert climate affects its [ability] to grow enough food to support its population.
15. Drinking alcohol seriously affects your [ability] to drive a car safely.
16. Culture, in the scientific sense, is the [ability] to invent new behaviors that are adopted by the population group and are passed along to succeeding generations.
17. The [ability] of modern science to describe the internal structure of the moon is based on a variety of physical observations.
18. Our [ability] to change and alter this planet's natural environment is largely limited to surface processes.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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