2-25. I was not able to pass the interview


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • I am able to solve this problem.
  • She is able to write songs.
  • We are not able to attend the meeting.
  • I was able to build this company.
  • They were able to land the plane.
  • She was not able to explain her situation.
  • You will be able to participate in the meeting.
  • She won’t be able to come tomorrow.
  • Are you able to do this?
  • Were you able to find the suspect?
  • I was able to help Robin.
  • I was able to run fast.
  • She was able to come.
  • He was able to fix this problem.
  • We are able to invest more money.


Here are some grammar tips. 


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
situation (n) all of the facts, conditions, and events that affect someone or something at a particular time and in a particular place
e.g. She will not be able to understand this situation
land (v) to return to the ground or another surface after a flight
e.g. The plane will be able to land on the runway.
participate (v) to be involved with others in doing something : to take part in an activity or event with others
e.g. Are you able to participate in the game on the weekend? 
suspect (v) to think that (someone) is possibly guilty of a crime or of doing something wrong
e.g. He wasn’t able to find the suspects
bump into (phrasal verb) to meet (someone) by chance : to see and usually talk to (someone you did not expect to see)
e.g. She was not able to talk to her friend when they bumped into each other at the store. 
buzz (n) excited talk about something
e.g. Were you able to hear the buzz going around? 
invent (v) to create or produce (something useful) for the first time
e.g. She ran out of money for the materials so she was not able to invent her creation. 
procedure (n) a medical treatment or operation
e.g. She wasn’t able to go through with the procedure
bundle up (phrasal verb) to dress (yourself or someone else) warmly
e.g. She won’t be able to bundle up until you give her coat back. 
conclusion (n) a final decision or judgment : an opinion or decision that is formed after a period of thought or research
e.g. He was not able to come to a conclusion


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. was / she / come / to / able / .
    2. you / will / with / able / I / be / to / hang / out / tomorrow / . 
    3. won’t / able / you / be / I / teach / to / .
    4. she / able / us / to / is / with / work / now / ?
    5. he / to / anything / is / able / draw / ?
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. I was able to ran fast.
    2. We are able to investing more money.
    3. She be not able to call us last night.
    4. He won’t be able to go to school yesterday. 
    5. Are you be able to walk?
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. Have you ever had an injury and you were unable to walk? 
    2. Describe the last time you were able to solve a problem. 
    3. Have you ever been able to build something? What did you build? 
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. Call me, maybe: Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a nuisance, or something in between?
    3. Choose your adventure: Write a story or post with an open ending, and let your readers invent the conclusion.


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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