Could you please advise; which of the following is correct: 1. Please ensure to provide Dan and me with your report by XX. 2. Please ensure to provide Dan and me your report by XX.

Many thanks

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    This is the sort of question where the asker should first consult a dictionary, and include the results in the post. – GEdgar Dec 7 '18 at 12:29
  • Does this answer your question? Usage of the verb "provide" – Peter Shor Jan 2 at 1:45
  • Since no one else seems inclined to give you a hint about what's wrong with both of the options you provide, let me point out that a native English speaker or writer would be very unlikely to use the wording "Please ensure to provide X"—where X is anything being provided to anyone. Instead, idiomatically, an English speaker would be far more likely to say "Please ensure that you provide X" or "Please be sure to provide X." The vast majority of English speakers simply don't use "ensure" with a following infinitive, as you use it in both of your options. – Sven Yargs Jan 5 at 9:06

It is OK to 'provide somebody with something' or to 'provide something for/to somebody'.

Please be sure to provide Dan and me with your report by some date.

Please be sure to provide your report for/to Dan and me by some date.

The version 'provide to' is less typical than 'provide for':


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  • And in American English (but not British English), you can provide somebody something. See Wikipedia. – Peter Shor Jan 2 at 1:43

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