When I'm following up with someone about something, i would like to ask if there's anything I can do to make it faster. Should I use "facilitate the progress" or "facilitate the process"? Or there's no big deal to use either of it?

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    You can facilitate either progress or process, though the latter is more likely. What do dictionary entries suggest about the difference between the two? Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 15:24
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    Facilitate means to make something easier, not faster. Facilitation may improve speed, or it may not, depending on what gets facilitated and how the system works. Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 16:03
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    Has "help" gone out of fashion?
    – Davo
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 16:17
  • @Davo Help means to make something easier (for those trying to achieve something), not (necessarily) faster. Has 'speed up' ... er ...? // But 'speed up progress' and 'speed up the process' show that English likes to have the last word. Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 17:51

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I second what John said. You typically say "to facilitate the process" rather than "facilitate progress," but the two phrases have different meanings. If you were wanting to facilitate the progress of a system, goal or process, it may make more sense to use the term "expedite" or to assist the progress of a process. If you were wanting to permit or facilitate achievement or accomplishment towards a goal, you could alternatively use the action-oriented term "enable."


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