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    Default To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    Hi guys,

    This is my first post here so I apologise in advance for any irrelevancies.

    I am posting because I wonder if I can put down a sentence like ''they have enriched their functions by embracing technological innovations...''. What I try to convey is that ''they have diversified their functions'' and ''made their contents of their functions more rich''.



    I am asking because my supervisor said that functions can only be ''enhanced'' rather than ''enriched.'' So I'm afraid of misusing the word or making this sentence weird. Could you guys give me some hints about that? Any feedback, even as simple as a ''yes'' or a ''no,'' would all be greatly appreciated.

    James
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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    However you may reason it, the collocation 'enrich a function' is unidiomatic. Stick with 'enhance'!

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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    Hi philo2009, thank you for your kind reply

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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    Welcome to the forums, James.

    For future reference, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    Most of these sound like CV-pumping double-talk, in my view.

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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Most of these sound like CV-pumping double-talk, in my view.
    May I ask: does ''enrich the contents'' sound any better?

    Sorry for this follow-up question. I just really like the meaning of ''enrich'' in Chinese (my mother language) and now get kind of confused with the usage of this word...always difficult for non-native speakers...

    Again, any comment will be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    You need a complete sentence with context. Are you talking about the functions of an end-user program, or someone's professional responsibilities?

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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    Thank you for your response, Konungursvia

    Well, I am actually writing an essay featuring how museums today have embraced innovations to ''enhance'' their functions. I still pretty like ''enrich their functions,'' but since it's not idiomatic I am wondering if I can put down something like ''innovations enable museums to enrich their contents of exhibition'' etc.

    Hope you guys don't mind giving me more guidance
    (sorry for this late reply as caught a cold recently)

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    Default Re: To ''enrich'' or ''enhance'' their functions?

    Well you don't have to write it in Chinese using English words. Just say the museums have embraced innovations, and explain the innovations, without bullshitting about why.

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