able to do

able to do it

Capable of completing a particular task or doing something. I offered to help her change her flat tire, but she said she was able to do it herself. If you're not able to do your calculus homework, maybe you should think about getting a tutor. Do you need help carrying all those bags upstairs, or are you able to do it?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

able to do something

to have the strength or skill to do something. (Able to can be replaced with can.) Are you able to carry those bags by yourself?
See also: able, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But in maintaining armed men there in place of colonies one spends much more, having to consume on the garrison all the income from the state, so that the acquisition turns into a loss, and many more are exasperated, because the whole state is injured; through the shifting of the garrison up and down all become acquainted with hardship, and all become hostile, and they are enemies who, whilst beaten on their own ground, are yet able to do hurt.
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And who is best able to do good to his friends and evil to his enemies in time of sickness?
And in what sort of actions or with a view to what result is the just man most able to do harm to his enemy and good to his friends?
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