Learn English – Usage of ‘enable’ in a sentence

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I have just written a sentence on an e-mail which looks like weird to me:

provide the following details in order
to enable us to provide you a proper
service.

Is the structure of the sentence correct? if not, what would be the alternative to express the message?

Best Answer

The closer synonym for the context is to allow, so it would be like:

[...] provide the following details in order to allow us to provide you a proper service.

But, although it's a synonym of to enable, it has a slightly different meaning.

  • To allow someone has the acception of "to permit someone to do something/to give permission".
  • To enable is similar, but it has the acception of "make it possible/facilitate".

In the end, I think your choice was the best one.


Here are the other synonyms, in case you want to have a wider view, although I think none seems specifically fit for the given context:

Allow, permit, let, give the means, equip, empower, make able, fit; make possible, facilitate; authorize, entitle, qualify.

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