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Hi,

Could you please advise me which word is more appreciate for these sentences? I think both of them are not wrong maybe?


Private hospitals generally [ provide / supply ] the best possible medical care than public hospitals.

This water company [ provides / supplies ] a best service for the public.

Our school [ provides / supplies ] breakfast.

I have a large family to [ provide / supply ].


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John AkiCould you please advise me which word is more appropriate for these sentences?
John AkiPrivate hospitals generally provide better medical care than public hospitals.

With "than" you need a comparative, not a superlative.

John AkiThis water company provides the best service for/to the public.

"best" implies a comparison with other water companies. I would more naturally use "to", but "for" is not actually wrong.

John AkiOur school provides breakfast.

"supplies" is not impossible, but "provides" would be usual here.

John AkiI have a large family to provide for / support.
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Thanks Mr GPY,

How about these two sentences? could "supply" work here? I wonder what is the major different between these two words, could you please explain to me please?


Public hospitals also [ supply / support ] a good medical care.

This shop [ supplies / provides ] a quality stuffs.


Thanks

John Aki

John AkiPublic hospitals also provide good medical care.
John AkiThis shop supplies quality stuff.

"stuff" is informal. More formally, say e.g. "goods" or "products".

John AkiI wonder what is the major difference between these two words, could you please explain to me please?

I assume you mean the difference between "provide" and "supply". It seems to me that it would be difficult to come up with an explanation that works in every case. On average, there is a tendency for "supply" to be used of physical things that are obtained on a transactional basis, such as merchandise that you obtain from a supplier. For abstract things, such as care, "provide" tends to be used. However, these are by no means hard and fast rules, and exceptions will be easy to find.

Thank you


John Aki

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Hi Mr GPY,

Sorry to hassle you again, generally can I say "provide" is used for abstract things whereas "supply" is for physical things form a supplier?


This city provides a stable water and power. (Abstract things)

Public hospitals provide a fairly good service for all. (Abstract things)

The water and power supplies are fairly good in this city. (There is no a noun for "provide" therefore used "supply".


This shop supplies all I needed. (Physical things)

He was arrested for supplying illegal drugs. (Physical things)


Thanks again in advance

John Aki

John AkiThis city provides a stable water and power. (Abstract things)

Water is not an abstract thing. In any case, you cannot say "a stable power and water". I suppose you could say "This city provides a stable water and power supply", though to me the idea that the "city" provides this seems faintly unusual. Opinions may vary. You can alternatively say e.g. "There is a stable water and power supply in this city".

John AkiPublic hospitals provide a fairly good service for all. (Abstract things)

OK.

John AkiThe water and power supplies are fairly good in this city. (There is no a noun for "provide" therefore used "supply".

OK.

There is a noun for "provide", namely "provision", but in this sentence "supplies" is appropriate.

John AkiThis shop supplies all I needed. (Physical things)

Choice of verb "supply" is correct, but check whether you really intend the mixed tenses.

John AkiHe was arrested for supplying illegal drugs. (Physical things)

OK.

Thank you Mr GPY.


John Aki

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