Language tip of the week: provide

Posted by on July 11, 2013

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the verb provide:

When provide means ‘to give someone something they need’, use the pattern provide someone with something (not ‘provide someone something’):
✗ Television provides us a convenient way to get the latest information.
✓ Television provides us with a convenient way to get the latest information.
✗ She had enough money to provide him a basic school education.
✓ She had enough money to provide him with a basic school education.

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