“Let me send an email to I.T. and have them give you access to the network.”

English Lesson: Let me send an email to I.T. and have them give you access to the network.

There's a new employee who's just started working in your department today. You're training her. You realize that she doesn't have computer login and password yet, so you offer to help her get one.

Let me send an email to I.T. and have them give you access to the network.

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Let me (do something)

When you're offering to do something to help someone, you say "Let me ___". For example, when your friend arrives at an airport and is carrying heavy bags, you can offer to help carry them by saying:

Let me help you with those.

When you use the phrase "Let me ___", it's common to end the sentence with "for you":

Let me look that up for you.

have (someone) (do something)

When you are in charge of someone, like an employee, you can "have them" do things for you. For example:

I'll have my assistant send you those documents later today.

Why don't we have the waiter bring us the check now so that we can leave quickly?

You also use this expression to ask someone to pass a message like this:

Can you have her call me?

send a (message) to (someone)

This is how to talk about messages like emails, text messages, letters, and so on:

I sent her an email this morning but I haven't heard back from her yet.

I.T.

"I.T." stands for "Information Technology". It is the part of an organization that manages computers, email accounts, servers, and other technology.

I couldn't figure out how to log in, so I called someone in I.T.

You can also use the phrase "I.T." to talk about the field of work:

I've worked in I.T. for over 20 years.

give (someone) access to (something)

"Giving access to" something means giving someone the permission to use it. For example, giving someone access to a room would mean giving them a key. Giving them access to a computer system would mean giving them a login ID and password.

Can you give me access to the admin page so I can delete some unused accounts?

We use the word "access" a lot when talking about computer systems, passwords, security, information, and so on. Here are some other examples of phrases using "access":

We have access to all kinds of personal information about the patients.

Sorry to keep pestering you, but who can I speak to about getting access to the shared drive?

Starbucks announced that they're going to offer free Internet access at all their locations.

the network

A "network" is any group of things that are connected to each other in some way. Here are some examples of different kinds of networks:

  • a television network
  • a social network
  • a spy network

But these days, the most common use of "network" is to talk about connected computer systems. Many companies, schools, and other organizations have their own "network" which is a group of computers and servers that are connected to each other over the Internet. These networks usually require special permission to access.

A: Where can I find the marketing template you were showing me?

B: Oh, it's available on the network. Just log in and look in the "Z" drive.


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