Re: "Allow" vs. "Require"

Subject: Re: "Allow" vs. "Require"
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:01:14 -0700

On 4/9/2012 2:48 PM, Porrello, Leonard wrote:

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'"?

I quoted your comment because it was funny. I agree with your use of "allow."

I responded to the thread in general and not to any particular post, so my post was not directed to you or to anyone in particular.

I agree, enable and allow have different meanings, and they are not interchangeable, nor is one term derivative of the other. In my example, I showed how a feature a could be enabled, but will not necessarily allow an option. An option that enables a feature may or may not allow some other options. The words, "enable" and "allow," although they can be used in similar ways, do not have the same the meanings.



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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

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