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What would be a better and more formal way out of the two below:

The capability was not catered for.


We did not cater for this capability.

Or perhaps these are fully interchangeable?

marked as duplicate by Community May 1 '15 at 5:23

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  • To the person who voted the question down -- thank you. I hope that you upvote the questions as diligently as downvote them. – 01es May 1 '15 at 5:31

Contrary to popular thought, ending a sentence with a preposition is not verboten. Here is a wonderful (and short) video discussing the issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OLxLK_R6jQ.

However, I would never suggest the use of the preposition "for" with the verb "cater". My suggested fix:

We did not provide for this capability.

"This capability was not provided for." While correct, this is unnecessarily passive in construction anyway.

  • Thank you. Your reply did provide an additional insight to the one in response to "When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?". – 01es May 1 '15 at 5:26

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