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    #1

    enhance, increase, develop, and facilitate?

    Hello Everyone,
    Which word is better, enhance , increase, improve, develop, promote? The five vocabularies is similar in its Chinese meaning! We are often confused about them! And by the way can we use facilitate here?
    It is oursincere wish that we continue to work closely together to enhance our friendly relationship and to ensure a sustained growth in oureconomic, financial and trade cooperation.

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    Sky
    Last edited by sky753; 12-Oct-2008 at 04:11.


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    Re: enhance, increase, develop, and facilitate?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,
    Which word is better, enhance , increase, improve, develop, promote? The five vocabularies words are similar in their Chinese meaning! We are often confused about them! And by the way can we use facilitate here?

    It is our sincere wish that we continue to work closely together to enhance our friendly relationship and to ensure a sustained growth in our economic, financial and trade cooperation.

    Regards

    Sky
    All these words work in the sentence.

    However, enhance = raise the standard of something or make something more attractive; increase = encourage growth; improve = make better; develop = cause to grow; promote = further the progress of something or publicise something; facilitate = make easier.

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    Re: enhance, increase, develop, and facilitate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    All these words work in the sentence.

    However, enhance = raise the standard of something or make something more attractive; increase = encourage growth; improve = make better; develop = cause to grow; promote = further the progress of something or publicise something; facilitate = make easier.
    For native speakers, can they identify the tiny differences when using them? To tell the truth, many of our Chinese learners are often confused!

    And thank you here for pointing out my mistakes! Can't we they the five vocabularies?

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    Re: enhance, increase, develop, and facilitate?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    For native speakers, can they identify the tiny differences when using them? To tell the truth, many of our Chinese learners are often confused!

    And thank you here for pointing out my mistakes! Can't we they the five vocabularies? Vocabulary = the body of [All the] words used in a particular language or in a particular sphere. Are you perhaps meaning "definitions"?
    THANKS
    Yes, they will understand the differences from the context of use and the relevance of the meaning. Doing this is all part of learning how to speak your native language, and comes from both hearing it and from being taught it.

    Here are the words inserted in the original sentences with the interpretation of them:

    It is our sincere wish that we continue to work closely together to enhance our friendly relationship >> we will seek to give it more value

    It is our sincere wish that we continue to work closely together to increase our friendly relationship >> we will seek to make it bigger

    It is our sincere wish that we continue to work closely together to improve our friendly relationship >> we will seek to make it better

    It is our sincere wish that we continue to work closely together to develop our friendly relationship >> we will seek to make it larger through change and improvement

    It is our sincere wish that we continue to work closely together to promote our friendly relationship >> we will seek to make it better understood and known

    It is our sincere wish that we continue to work closely together to facilitate our friendly relationship >> we will seek to make it usable for our purposes





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