You're working on a charity event to raise money for cancer research. You'd like to ask some of your co-workers for help with the event, so you write an e-mail about it to a group of people. You write them an email explaining where the money from the event will go. You write this.
Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
To "provide (someone) with assistance" just means to help them. So the following phrase has nearly the same meaning as the example above:
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
But "assistance" is a more formal word than "help".
"Provide" is also a formal word that means to give or to make something available for people to use:
These results provide support for the theory that humankind evolved speech later than scientists had previously thought.
"Provide ___" is really common in writing. Here are some of the most common things that people "provide":
- "health care"
Use this expression to formally ask people for help, money, information, etc.:
Your tax-deductible* donations would be greatly appreciated.
If you have any comments or suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.
Words that go well in this phrase include:
This is especially used in writing.
* "tax-deductible" means that you can subtract the amount of a donation from the amount of money that you made that year when filing your taxes. That amount is used to calculate how much tax you have to pay, so if you make a tax-deductible donation you don't have to pay as much money to the government.
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