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Latin Grammar: Habeo with Infinitive

Naturalis autem scientia contemplatur corpora naturalia et accidentia quae non habent esse nisi per ista corpora.

Habeo is sometimes seen with the infinitive so express ability or potential to accomplish something.  The verb can be translated as “to have in one's power to x” in order to see how the construction is working, but it is likely better translated colloquially.  Translate the following sentences in Latin using habeo and an infinitive.

1. I can promise this to you.  

2. You (pl.) are not able to do this.  

3. He was able to write to me.  

4. We can flee.  

5. Natural science is able to contemplate natural bodies.  

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