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Enable

Today’s daily word is

enable

Notes

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 allowpermit 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.

   

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3 Responses to Enable

  1. Julis from Kiev March 27, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Thank you!

  2. Jane March 27, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Dominic, could you help to explain, in the below sentence, the word “enable” can be replaced for “implemented” or “be”? TYVM

    system: If this new system of training was implemented, then there would be more engineers in the workplace.

    • Dominic Cole March 27, 2014 at 11:30 am #

      Sure that sentence works nicely. “implement is a good word for systems/proposals/policies etc

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