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    Hello forum!

    It's about the verb "to facilitate". I had never heared it for many years. But suddenly, this year, this word is being used over and over. It can be, of course, that it is a coincidence.

    Here my question to the natives: do you use this verb regularly? Or do you prefer other words like to provide, support...

    What I suspect a little is, that it has become a fashion word (like to innovate - no commercial without innovation...).


    Thank you for "facilitating" me

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    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Hello forum!

    It's about the verb "to facilitate". I had never heared it for many years. But suddenly, this year, this word is being used over and over. It can be, of course, that it is a coincidence.

    Here my question to the natives: do you use this verb regularly? Or do you prefer other words like to provide, support...

    What I suspect a little is, that it has become a fashion word (like to innovate - no commercial without innovation...).


    Thank you for "facilitating" me
    I can't say I ever use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can't say I ever use it.
    Then I won't use it either. Thanks!

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    [AmE - not a teacher]

    It is used quite often here in the States, particularly in a business setting. It is also part of my normal lexicon.

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    I would only use the word in formal situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    It is used quite often here in the States, particularly in a business setting. It is also part of my normal lexicon.
    Yes, it's a business buzzword. Often teams are formed to solve a problem and the teams are helped by "facilitators" who are experts not in the subject matter at hand, but rather in the process of team building and problem resolution.

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    I use it extremely frequently in my business writing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    I hear it a lot, but don't use it much.

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