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Can you explane this sentence? why theu use "able": "They haven't been able to hire a reliable employee over the past time"

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    Be able to=can
    You can't use "can" with the present perfect, so you switch to "have been able to". The present perfect is used because you are talking about something that began in the past and still continues today. In the past they could not hire a reliable employee, and they still can't today.

    http://presentsimpleesl.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/can-vs-be-able-to/

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