Could you please tell me which one is right? If none of these sentences is correct, what would be the right sentence?

  1. She has ability to do it.
  2. She has an ability to do it.
  3. She has the ability to do it.
  4. She has ability of doing it.
  5. She has an ability of doing it.
  6. She has the ability of doing it.

"The ability" would be the most accurate in this case.

She has the ability to do it.

'An ability' would often be used to describe common case of a particular skill or attribute.

But in this case the word "She" makes a particular case for the word 'ability'.

And about the preposition, 95% of the time it will be the 'ability to'.

"ability to" is much more natural than "ability of doing" something.

If you want the 'of' preposition, it would be more natural to use the phrase

'be capable OF doing something'

which is the same in meaning with 'the ability to do something'

  • Thank you for your answering. Could you please give me an example of using "an ability"?
    – James
    Feb 8 '18 at 9:38
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    "She has an extraordinary ability in music." OR "<Some common skill> looks like it's an ability that everyone has." Feb 8 '18 at 9:42

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