I'm unsure of which verb I can use in a sentence where I am talking about how something enables someone to have a sharp focus on an issue. Here is a sentence that are possible:

It enabled him to have a sharp focus on the issue.

This sentence sounds a bit strange, though. I feel like I could replace "have" with a better verb. Does anyone have any ideas?


From Is “laser-focused” a new word?

It enabled him to laser-focus on the issue.

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    I find "laser-focus" as a verb strange. Perhaps "It gave him a laser-like focus on the issue" or "It enabled him to focus on the issue like a laser beam" or "It enabled him to focus like a laser beam on the issue". Technically, none of these make any sense: one needs optics to bring laser beams, like beams of incoherent light, to a focus. – – Richard Kayser 5 mins ago edit – Richard Kayser Nov 12 '16 at 16:34
  • @RichardKayser In the ELU question I referenced I see some more debate on the scientific correctness of this! Originally I was going to simply answer sharply focus but I thought this variant was a more "interesting" phrase! – ķ̢̫̬̺͚̻͚̹̙̔̎ͣ͆͛͛ Nov 12 '16 at 16:41
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    It is more interesting. :-) I was thinking shark-like might be good, as in how sharks focus unrelentingly on their prey. The advantage is that the focus is built into / inherent in the shark. I've heard people use it, but I couldn't find any references. Thanks. – Richard Kayser Nov 12 '16 at 17:02
  • I actually think that's a variant that sounds a bit more "natural." Thanks for the suggestion! – Skeleton Bow Nov 12 '16 at 20:09

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