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hamlet

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Français (FR)
Meaning "qu'est-ce qui te permet de faire qch", is there a difference between :
"What enables you to do sth"
"What permits you to do sth"
"What allows you to do sth"???
 
  • david314

    Senior Member
    American English
    In my opinion, the phrases, something allows/enables/permits one to do something, are synonymous. That being said:

    -enable generally implies being made physically capable of doing something

    -permit and allow generally imply receiving the acceptance of another person towards this action, or legal approval.
     

    hamlet

    Senior Member
    Français (FR)
    When you mean "What characteristics of this book make you say this", can you say "What enables you to say this"? Sounds awkward to me. What other way of saying this is there?
     
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