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Hello Sally,

I am confused about the word "feature." Can I use it as a verb, for example in the following sentences?

The website features an online community
The community features a discussion forum
The manual features a new design

Is there a better verb to use instead of "to feature", or are the sentences correct?

Thank you for your help

Hi, Vera,

All three are fine English uses of the verb "feature." It is used in the sense of "highlights" or "focuses upon" rather than just "includes."

If the website or manual doesn't make the stated component the main attraction or central section, giving it a prime location or importance, "includes" is a better verb.

Best to you.

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