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Because Laura worked hard she was able to finish the job in time.
Because Laura worked hard she could finish the job in time.

If the meaning is managed to or succeeded in doing, use was able to, and not could.

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I pleased him to do me a favour.
I asked him to do me a favour.
Also possible:
I thanked him for his lovely present.

To please means to give pleasure to: I worked hard to please my teacher.

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I don't like him very much.
I don't sympathise him very much.

Sympathise isn't synonymous with like. To sympathise with means to share some feeling (usually of sorrow) with another person: I sympathise with you in your sorrow.

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The river has flown over its banks.
The river has flowed over its banks.

Flown is the past participle of fly, the past participle of flow (= to move as water) is flowed. The principal parts of the two verbs are: fly, flew, flown - flow, flowed, flowed.

Flee, fled, fled is formal but we still use it to mean to run away. We flee from danger. Float, floated, floated means to stay on the surface of water or other liquid: Ships float on the water.

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Kevin is learning at Gordon College.
Kevin is studying at Gordon College.

The expression I learn at (Gordon College, etc.) is incorrect. Say I study at (Gordon College, etc.) or I am a student at (Gordon College, etc.).

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