Afford or provide


Senior Member
Arabic Egypt
Hi, I have a choosing question says:
Pupils don't have to pay for their books. The school...........them.
And among choices there were "provide" and "afford" what I should choose, I looked them up in the dictionary and found that "afford" can mean the same as provide in that context, could you help?
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    The school provides the books.

    In this sense of "providing someone with something", "afford" would be extremely old-fashioned in your context. (The school affords the pupils their books.:eek:)

    It is used in rather formal writing: The commotion afforded them an opportunity for escape.
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