In the context of a web application, is it better to say:

  1. "This feature allows you to (do something/action)."


  1. "This feature lets you (do something/action)."?
  • There's probably no difference at all. The specific action, or larger context might change the answer, but that's doubtful.
    – Juhasz
    Commented Feb 4, 2020 at 23:15

1 Answer 1


Both cases are fine.

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  • I'm worried that "allows you to" might be too authoritative towards the user, while "lets you" feels significantly less authoritative (in my opinion, I am not sure). What do you think? Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 2:05
  • @CharlesGaudreauJackson Well, I'm not a native speaker to state it definitively. However, based on examples I've provided it looks quite normal to use both.
    – user107943
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 21:14

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