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inform – Misused Words

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Misused word
inform

Alternatives
announce, declare, state etc.

Explanation
Like “to allow,” “to inform” requires a direct object (inform the public/us/them etc.) and cannot be used without one except in passive sentences (“we were informed of something,” for example).

Example
Avoid “A number of Member States informed that they release regular evidence-based reports on young peopleÔÇÖs situation (sic), including their living conditions.”

Use “A number of Member States declared that they release regular evidence-based reports on young peopleÔÇÖs situation (sic), including their living conditions.”

In some cases you can add the relevant object:

Use “A number of Member States informed the Commission that they release regular evidence-based reports on young peopleÔÇÖs situation (sic), including their living conditions.”

Source
Misused English words and expressions in EU publications by Jeremy Gardner [Updated 8.11.2013]

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