not able


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not able

See the expressions listed at can't as well as those listed below.
See also: able, not

not able

see under can't or under main phrase.
See also: able, not
References in classic literature ?
I am not able, I allow, to destroy certain influences near the king.
Nicholl, driven into his last entrenchments, and not able to fight personally in the cause, resolved to fight with money.
Tulliver had done something because other people had said he was not able to do it, or had pitied him for his supposed inability, or in any other way piqued his pride; still, she thought to-day, if she told him when he came in to tea that sister Pullet was gone to try and make everything up with sister Glegg, so that he needn't think about paying in the money, it would give a cheerful effect to the meal.
I attempted to rise, but was not able to stir: for, as I happened to lie on my back, I found my arms and legs were strongly fastened on each side to the ground; and my hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the same manner.
However, in my opinion, it was extremely prudent, as well as generous: for, supposing these people had endeavoured to kill me with their spears and arrows, while I was asleep, I should certainly have awaked with the first sense of smart, which might so far have roused my rage and strength, as to have enabled me to break the strings wherewith I was tied; after which, as they were not able to make resistance, so they could expect no mercy.
We were not able to provide enough bed-clothes to keep the students warm.
Officials were not able to determine the cause of the fire but speculated that sparks from a vehicle may have been to blame.
The bank also said that it would raise capital in case it was not able to make any acquisitions.
While he may have cruelly brought the stories of many innocent people to a premature end, and forever marred the lives of others, he was not able to stop the quiet acts of heroism and kindness that occurred in the aftermath.
In a statement, Sports Vision President Ricky Palou said the coaching staff of the Transformers was not able to get the clearance for Thai nationals Kanjana Kuthaisong and Nattanicha Jaisaen to play in the Shakey's V-League Reinforced Conference.
The local journalists based in the interior of Sindh maintained that it was not able to get any particular attention of the people and that it was not able to seek public opinion in favour of the PTI.
This means that staff are not able to ensure that the individual learning needs of all children are met.
28 ( ANI ): Taking a jibe at Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for attending the music launch of an upcoming film in Mumbai hours after serial blasts rocked Patna, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad on Monday said the former is not able to do anything and is a laughing stock.
Grade 10 and 12 part-time candidates who were not able to register for the October / November 2013 National Examinations by the closing date of 03 April has been granted permission to do so from 21 May to 05 June.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The enemies are not able to resist the powerful waves of the ongoing Islamic Awakening in the region since the movement has toppled dictators and empowered Islamists, a senior Iranian official said.