His father was never able to get custody of him as a child.
When will you be able to take me to get my car?
"But how would it help us to be able to fly?" questioned the girl.
If he had simply ignored her, she might have been able to get her emotions under control, but now a sob threatened so convincingly that she was afraid to breathe.
It's good to be able to listen.
Looking out, they could see into some of the houses near them, where there were open windows in abundance, and were able to mark the forms of the wooden Gargoyles moving about in their dwellings.
She wasn't going to be able to sleep any more.
In the future, all people will be able to follow their passions without regard for market forces.
I would need the robot to be able to proactively offer suggestions.
Our friends had a good start and were able to maintain it, for with their eight wings they could go just as fast as could the Gargoyles.
Nothing she had ever experienced in her life was more painful than that moment, knowing his pain and not being able to say a thing to help.
They need to be able to irrigate without relying solely on rain.
A few times she nodded off, but for the most part she was able to stay awake until Alex arrived the next morning with Katie.
If I can slip them, I may be able to help.
The coachman explained as well as he was able; and they rode onward.
Would she ever be able to watch a normal family scene without feeling the agony of her loss?
If the driver was hurt, she might be able to help.
And if so, would they be able to fit three people comfortably in the front seat?
She boiled it, and boiled it, As long as she was able; Then Mrs. Finney took it, And put it on the table.
We mutually agreed the subject of our tests was verboten until we were able to get together again in three weeks hence.
Timing was with her and she was able to take all the state exams shortly after graduating.
Brandon still wasn't sure when he would be able to leave the ranch.
He had an idea of how his father felt, fearing he would have to watch his little boy grow and not being able to be the provider.
She's such a little fraidy cat but I shan't be able to keep her much longer.
But the noise and clatter seemed as dreadful to them as Jim's heels, for all who were able swiftly turned and flew away to a great distance.
And the whole thing has been unnatural because that cat and I are both able to talk your language, and to understand the words you say.
There was some question that he might not be able to keep his own child?
I'd call him, but of course he wouldn't be able to answer!
She turned to go back to the house and realized she wouldn't be able to make it before the storm caught up with her.
Being able to discuss such things with him was as comforting as it was new.
A Cleveland mother had reported an infant child was taken from his crib while napping yet when Howie was able to enter the location before and during the alleged time, there was no sign of the child.
"He will sprout very soon," said the Prince, "and grow into a large bush, from which we shall in time be able to pick several very good sorcerers."
This was not the first time she wasn't able to assist.
It must be fun to be able to ride all around freely while we're stuck in our wagons.
He should be able to deliver.
I want to be able to focus on solving this problem, not worrying about what might be said or done to you.
On the other hand, if you abandoned the wagons and rode the mules, you might be able to keep ahead of the Indians.
If you don't get some sleep when you go home, you won't be able to relieve me tonight.
It was several more minutes before she was able to take deep breaths – even longer before she was able to utter more than a strangled sound.
On the record, tell the public this; you've been led to believe the psychic tipster is a woman of an age able to collect social security.
I should make too good a target for the French, besides I am afraid I should hardly be able to climb onto a horse.
Now I'm able to adjust my method of operation accordingly.
I don't want her to wake up in a strange room and not be able to find us.
Howie, now able to usually remain with a vehicle, stayed with the car to a suburban ranch style house only six miles from the kidnapping.
It sounds like I might be able to work something out.
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.
In the past, humanity has been able to sustain both wars and progress.
Now and then they glanced at one another, hardly able to suppress their laughter.
"Tell us where you were," Betsy begged, hardly able to contain herself as she turned on her tape recorder.
Lady luck intervened when the director removed a twenty dollar bill from his wallet for a tip for the maid and Howie was able to record the bill number.
Structural famine exists when enough food is technically on hand or able to be imported, but some portion of the population is economically separated from it.
The subtle interplay of everything involved in nutrition is vastly more complex than our minds are able to handle.
Perhaps I was being unfair but everything we'd been able to do was close to ending with a sad whimper, due to the greed of this woman.
Computers will be able to reproduce them at will and hobbyists will still study them.
Would you be able to access national data bases?
You're just as much a bull's eye if this monster is able to pick up your trail.
Absent Martha's soothing voice, Howie wasn't able to drift off until our third try.
She recognized this trait and would accept rules she herself would never be able to make.
Howie was able to view the abduction, though it was particularly brutal as the young boy was knocked unconscious and bleeding.
But my guess is that we will be able to do this and even make existing "good" genes perform better.
To further enhance yield, at the same time Borlaug bred wheat strains with short, stubby stalks, which were able to better handle more weight of grain.
The Internet is still able to be "turned off" by despotic rulers.
It is not enough even to be able to speak the language of that nation by which they are written, for there is a memorable interval between the spoken and the written language, the language heard and the language read.
As Martha said, I'm able to dial in settings that affect time and a location.
Finally, Howie was able to connect with a recently abducted little girl in Alabama.
Howie was able to follow her to a vehicle and relate the plate number!
The vehicle was different but this time he was able to record the South Carolina license plate number.
I will be able to change their color.
No sound disturbed Howie and with Martha able to use her special hypnotic-like tone, little time was wasted inducing Howie's sleep state.
The thought was that the overseer, being local, would be able to separate the lazy from the truly needy.
It is an unspeakable boon to me to be able to speak in winged words that need no interpretation.
If it has come to this--we must fight as long as Russia can and as long as there are men able to stand...
Granted, what we accomplished was monumental, but coming across a similar situation and duplicating what we were able to do might not occur very often.
Imagine if today everyone spoke one language and I said that in the future we will speak hundreds of different languages and not be able to understand each other.
But the rumble of the machinery made me think it was thundering, and I began to cry, because I feared if it rained we should not be able to have our picnic out of doors.
People in power used to be able to order executions as capriciously as the queen did in Alice in Wonderland.
As it turned out, the truck repair was minor, so she was able to follow Cade home that evening.
Would she have been able to hear his conversation behind a closed door?
If Howard had not been able to find anything on Yancey, it was probably because there was nothing to tell.
Likewise for mental illnesses: We should be able to cure them to the extent the person in question would wish them to be.
We will be able to examine all kinds of social issues: Why are some areas poorer than others?
Another prodded his horse with the butt end of a musket, and Pierre, bending over his saddlebow and hardly able to control his shying horse, galloped ahead of the soldiers where there was a free space.
The window was barely large enough for her to pass through, but she might be able to get out that way.
Are you able to maximize the use of this ability?
Why would your employer pay you more than the value you are able to add?
But it really is no different than me thinking it is my birthright to be able to have freedom of speech.
How much more should we be able to with the Internet, computers, and other technology?
Finally, we get to the fourth order of GMO: being able to splice genes from one species into another species, a process known as transgenesis.
The shade was grateful, and the tree was so easy to climb that with my teacher's assistance I was able to scramble to a seat in the branches.
I shall not be able to equip him.
Pierre listened to him, scarcely able to repress a smile.
He had access to his part much earlier than I did, so he was able to make some investments that really paid off.
Granted that the majority are able at last either to own or hire the modern house with all its improvements.
In lathing I was pleased to be able to send home each nail with a single blow of the hammer, and it was my ambition to transfer the plaster from the board to the wall neatly and rapidly.
Then I busted his chops how he wouldn't be able to, I don't know, relate.
You won't be able to find either your baggage or anything else now, Prince.
These stores are able to increase trade a number of ways.
It's really tough not being able to get away with anything when you're around.
Well, obviously, Amazon is able to collect this data as they make sales.
Machines will never, in my opinion, be able to be creative.
To the extent that the Internet is able to increase trade, it increases utility.
Credit cards are able to work and charge low fees because almost all transactions are honest.
Most of these people have other jobs and obligations, so without something like Etsy, they might not be able to enter into these trades.
If you are able to consume more energy, you can do more work and therefore create more.
That is what we expect to be able to do, because it is theoretically possible in a hundred different ways.
He explained to me that with a lawnmower, one person would be able to do the job and eleven men would be unemployed.
They are able to produce widgets for ten cents, putting the Dollar Widget Company (with its unfortunate name) out of business.
Once someone has something, no one should be able to take it from him or her.
I hesitate to start talking about nanotechnology for fear I will not be able to stop—the entire field is amazing to me!
Researchers also discovered the vaccine was able to restore normal blood sugar levels without using insulin.
Plus, they will be able to convert heat to electricity as well, so anything that heats up will become an energy source.
Families who owned great houses were able to keep them if they opened them to the public, acted as guides, and only lived in a small part of them.
So let's say your parents bought Coca Cola stock their entire life, left it all to you, and you are able to live off the dividend payments of the stock.
Instead of relearning things over the course of centuries, people will be able to learn from the choices others have made.
Once they become more educated, they are better able to participate in the modern economy.
It is not necessary that one should be able to define every word and give it its principal parts and its grammatical position in the sentence in order to understand and appreciate a fine poem.
We like to think that the sunshine and the winds and the trees are able to love in some way of their own, for it would make us know that they were happy if we knew that they could love.
Miss Keller will never be able, I believe, to speak loud without destroying the pleasant quality and the distinctness of her words, but she can do much to make her speech clearer.
That is all I have been able to find out about him.
To be able to crush it absolutely he awaited the arrival of the rest of the troops who were on their way from Vienna, and with this object offered a three days' truce on condition that both armies should remain in position without moving.
Bagration knew that as the distance between the two flanks was more than six miles, even if the messenger were not killed (which he very likely would be), and found the commander-in-chief (which would be very difficult), he would not be able to get back before evening.
During this transfer he felt a little stronger and was able to look about him and even speak.
To him the club entrusted the arrangement of the festival in honor of Bagration, for few men knew so well how to arrange a feast on an open-handed, hospitable scale, and still fewer men would be so well able and willing to make up out of their own resources what might be needed for the success of the fete.
He was afraid of any want of clearness, any weakness, in the Mason's arguments; he dreaded not to be able to believe in him.
But it is a good thing for proprietors who perish morally, bring remorse upon themselves, stifle this remorse and grow callous, as a result of being able to inflict punishments justly and unjustly.
In the hospitals, death was so certain that soldiers suffering from fever, or the swelling that came from bad food, preferred to remain on duty, and hardly able to drag their legs went to the front rather than to the hospitals.
I knew you wouldn't be able to resist it and it's a good thing you're going.
Boris was thus the first to learn the news that the French army had crossed the Niemen and, thanks to this, was able to show certain important personages that much that was concealed from others was usually known to him, and by this means he rose higher in their estimation.
He wished to sleep, but he knew he would not be able to and that most depressing thoughts came to him in bed.
Never to the end of his life could he understand goodness, beauty, or truth, or the significance of his actions which were too contrary to goodness and truth, too remote from everything human, for him ever to be able to grasp their meaning.
He felt that only in the ordinary conditions of life would he be able to understand himself and all he had seen and felt.
They saw that she alone was able to restrain her mother from unreasoning despair.
Tell them to send me to hospital; I'm aching all over; anyway I shan't be able to keep up.
"Oh, Nicholas, how can you talk like that?" cried Sonya, hardly able to conceal her delight.
He took it harder than I thought he would, but being able to keep Tammy took the edge off it.
Let us see your arts, and the sorceries you are able to perform.
This tendency to only be able to see new technology as an extension of the old is exactly the phenomena we have seen with the Internet.
Another friend tells her either member of the couple should be able to instantly remove the couple page when the relationship goes sour.
We will finally be able to build an oracle, and we will use that tool, that collection of life experiences, to optimize our own lives.
Lord, Thou art able to save both great and small; Thou art God, and man cannot prevail against Thee!
Seeing that his trap would not be able to move on for some time, Alpatych got down and turned into the side street to look at the fire.
It was probably the first money, other than the air fares, Señor Medena had been able to spend on Alex - and even then he had to do it through Felipa.
Between the two of us we ought to be able to carry them down to that room.
Betsy was hopeful she might be able to confirm where the people had lived.
Yes and I can go back to asking questions I haven't been able to ask and I have sources to get answers.
Only not being able to see with all the lights in my eyes.
Betsy had driven our only car so I wasn't able to drive over there myself.
Finally, she was able to inject a few words.
I was just able to turn in the other direction and be gone.
To be able to pluck two such treasures and eliminate another is worthy of praise from high!
I thought I might be able to fix the time setting by trial and error but I was at a loss establishing a location.
After all, no one in history has ever been able to look into the past the way we do.
Are you saying it's only you who are able to.
Bianca held her breath and waited, able to feel the tension between them even with her eyes closed until he spoke again.
The thought distracted her, and she both yearned to be with him and hated herself for not being able to shake the thought of him.
"Sofi, you're not going to be able to handle helping Darian and being pregnant," he said.
Jonny was safe, even if she hadn't been able to wipe away all traces of the poison in his blood.
She hadn't been able to log onto Dusty's computer, because he kept it locked out.
It was his job to protect humans, and he hadn't been able to protect one woman in his own home!
I think … no, I know they have to be able to, if I can.
We've never been able to transform a vamp into a human in thousands of years.
She hadn't been able to get through to anyone else and wondered if there was some magic trick he'd done to reach her.
She belonged with him, even if she was second rung to his war against bad guys or even if he was never able to devote himself to any one woman at all.
He'd be able to read her mind and confirm she was indeed intent on destroying the gateway between the realms.
She'd always been grateful to him for accepting her and her gift, but he'd always refused to tell her what exactly he was and how he seemed to be able to read her mind sometimes.
The Black God wasn't able to take his eyes off her.
The woman was far enough ahead she should be able to escape while he distracted the creature.
I think I'm doing pretty damn good, considering I would've been able to kill him if you hadn't shot and run me over, he replied in irritation.
"If they could find me, they would've by now, just like you'll never be able to retrace her steps back to this spot once you leave," her father said, his voice rising.
You must clean house, Jonny, or you'll never be able to go on the offensive.
I mean, I might be able to seal the breach I made, if it doesn't get bigger and I can borrow Damian's power.
Damian, however, was impressed he was able to do it at all.
He wouldn't respond to her mind manipulation attempts, and he was able to control Jonny.
Jule looked at the clouds, able to feel the gateway cracking with his newfound powers.
This is the first time I've been able to find you.
I haven't been able to get you out of my cube for the past two weeks.
Despite being able to bench press two of her, the men actually listened.
We didn't catch on until one of the new Naturals we just discovered was able to track them.
Trac—the Natural tracker was able to identify patterns in the attacks.
There was a reason he banned thoughts of Darian and Claire from his mind, an instinct he'd never been able to face in all the years since Darian's death.
No one has ever been able to see into my mind.
You'll be able to go outside once you transform.
It was busy enough; she might be able to lose him if she made it to a crowd of people.
I don't like being hungry and not being able to go to the kitchen.
I wanted to explain things to you in a way you'd be able to understand.
No other woman has been able to resist me.
He began to cry, the soul-deep weeping of a man who'd lost all and spent his tormented life in a level of hell she'd never be able to imagine.
That thought coupled with her nightmare made her even angrier at not being able to eat.
He didn't like that she was able to pull those memories free of the prison he'd sent them to.
Claire was all that remained of his brother, and he'd loved her out of respect for a man whose death he'd never been able to accept.
It kinda hurt getting killed, and it really sucks not being able to eat food.
He'd never been able to share his pain with anyone else.
He'd never been able to bring himself to wear it.
He'd spent the morning vomiting blood and was able to remember Jule and Dusty by afternoon.
I was able to take care of that issue, though.
She wasn't able to tell what time it was in Hell.
If her bond to him was like hers to Gabriel, he'd be able to find her no matter what.
She walked for ten minutes, carefully remembering where she went, so she was able to find her way back.
Darkyn extended his hand, drawing her from the thoughts before it was able to form fully.
But, if an Immortal or human or deity corners you, and you aren't able to summon me, you need to know how to defend yourself, Darkyn started.
She wasn't able to reconcile the creature that turned her Immortal with the man before her.
As my mate, you are able to use a limited amount of my power, he explained.
She hadn't been able to break up with a boyfriend she was sick of for fear of hurting his feelings.
A few more days, and even I wouldn't have been able to undo what Wynn did.
She was almost able to catch it before it fled her again.
He whispered words she wasn't able to make out then bit her again, this time hard enough for the pain to piece her dreamlike stage.
Like her other thoughts, this one escaped before she was able to understand its meaning.
Shocked, she wasn't able to move.
"You will be able to use some of my magic," he said, following her gaze.
She choked it back quickly, appalled she was able to find humor at such a time.
After what he'd done to her, she wasn't able to.
We're getting better at tracking them, but haven't been able to stop them.
Horrified, she wasn't able to look away.
What part of her was able to live with not trying to help spare innocent children?
She wasn't able to make an official deal with Darkyn to save the kids, and she had nothing to offer him.
He'd told her she wasn't able to travel via portal when she was human.
She was able to kill and call a portal from the human world.
He moved faster than she was able to follow.
What's it worth for you to be able to leave here?
She'd never before been able to tell when someone lied to her or when they were manipulating her.
She feared seeing them happy again, knowing she really was nothing more than a disposable stand-in until they were able to be together again.
Her thoughts went to the good she might be able to do from Hell.
If any part of it displeased him, he was able to cancel it.
Deidre couldn't help wondering how the woman was able to ask such favors after hurting her so badly.
She was able to breathe deeply again and her weeping turned to a trickle.
Even if his features were young and his body lean, he wasn't able to hide what he was.
Calm, she was able to focus.
I was able to hear when he lied.
There was passion and a deep longing she innately understood only she was able to fill.
Did Wynn say if you'll be able to talk again?
Harmony bent over her, saying something Deidre wasn't able to hear.
Deidre looked from Harmony to Selyn, wishing she knew how to diffuse the situation in a way that Selyn was able to escape.
He never had been able to lie worth a damn.
It might take some work, but I should be able to fill the tire enough to get us down to town.
Cynthia held the door handle, looking ready to jump while Dean contorted around the shift stick, barely able to press the pedal with his toe.
It was here Dean was finally able to tell his wife about meeting Paul Senior's widow and his offer to show her the high country property in litigation.
Jennifer wanted to know the names of each flower and Cynthia was able to respond to most of her questions.
The road remained in the trees and it seemed like hours before he was once again in the open and able to see the valley before him.
Some hacker might be able to, or the FBI maybe.
Lydia Larkin was bent over at the waist, hardly able to stand, clutching her mid-section.
It was lunchtime before Dean was able to question Martha in detail about her original discovery, but the results were disappointing.
He had no flashlight, and the fear he'd felt during his first trip into this deep and dank hole was compounded by the absence of being able to see.
How did you locate the skeleton in the mine to be able to swap it?
It was beyond Wynn's control, but maybe, somehow, another deity was able to save Deidre from Darkyn, who was not likely to be merciful, even to his mate.
Wynn wasn't able to pity her, but he was able to understand the bigger picture.
I raised her when I was able to.
Only the Dark One was able to raise someone from the dead.
In her penthouse, she was able to take in things at her own pace.
She was about to summon a spell to clear the sidewalk completely when she recalled she wasn't able to use her power anymore.
Without her power, she wasn't able to sense him or the danger he posed.
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