RE: "Allow" vs. "Require"

Subject: RE: "Allow" vs. "Require"
From: "Porrello, Leonard" <lporrello -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 22:07:58 +0000

Your comment blatantly missed the gist of what I was saying. Granted that, I genuinely wonder if you are qualified to determine what "real world" means.

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From: techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:techwr-l-bounces+lporrello=illumina -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Dan Goldstein
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 2:54 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: "Allow" vs. "Require"

<raises hand> I said that they're interchangeable in your first example, not your second example.

Now, back in the real world situation that I described, "allow" actually works better than "enable":

* "The RCP shall allow but not require the user to schlep the pekele."
* "The RCP shall enable but not require the user to schlep the pekele."


-----Original Message-----
From: Porrello, Leonard
Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 5:49 PM
To: Lauren; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: "Allow" vs. "Require"

Exactly, the phrase is ridiculous in most cases and demonstrates that allow and enable are not always interchangeable. But I am curious; did notice that I was responding to someone else's suggestion that the two terms are interchangeable, namely, "I see nothing wrong with the sentence, 'A good education will allow you to achieve your highest potential'"?

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Follow-Ups:

References:
"Allow" vs. "Require": From: Dan Goldstein
RE: "Allow" vs. "Require": From: Dan Goldstein
RE: "Allow" vs. "Require": From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: "Allow" vs. "Require": From: Lauren
RE: "Allow" vs. "Require": From: Porrello, Leonard
RE: "Allow" vs. "Require": From: Dan Goldstein

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