“Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.”

English Lesson: Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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.

provide (someone) (with) assistance

To "provide (someone) with assistance" just means to help them. So the following phrases have nearly the same meaning:

Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

But "assistance" is a more formal word than "help".

"Provide" is also formal. It means to give something 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":

provide information

provide opportunities

provide assistance

provide health care

provide insurance

provide training

(something) would be greatly appreciated

Use this expression to formally ask people for help, money, information, etc.:

Your 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:

  • "information"
  • "assistance"
  • "donations"
  • "suggestions"

"___ would be greatly appreciated" is especially used in writing.


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