Today’s daily word is
This is an extremely useful word in both writing and speaking for talking about possibilities and proposals. It belongs in the same family of words as allow, permit and let and can be used in many different contexts.
A little grammar
One of the harder pieces of English grammar is to know what structure follows a verb. It is not always the case that you have to decide between an informative (to) or a participle (-ing). You also have to know whether you need an object too. The grammar here is
you enable someone/something to do something
The gift from my mother enabled me to set up my own business.
Forms of the word
There are two forms of the word
enable: a very common verb
enabling: a noun used with a very precise legal meaning with law/legislation
Using the word
people/students/researchers/the public etc: New forms of technology have enabled students to learn more effectively at home and without a teacher.
technology: Wider access to broadband would enable more people to use the internet at home.
system: If this new system of training was implemented, it would enable the training of more engineers.
proposal/suggestion/law: This proposal would allow more mothers to return to work, enabling them to provide a second income.