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accompany join
alternatively or
ascertain find out
audit review
avail of take up, take
benchmark standard
beneficial helpful, useful
bi-annually twice a year
calculate work out
cease end, finish
commence start, begin
confiscate take from
calculate work out
cease end, finish
commence start, begin
confiscate take from
consequently so
constitute make up, form
demonstrate show
determine check
disseminate share, spread
endeavour try
eventuality situation
facilitate make easier, help, enable
fundamental basic
herewith with
in lieu of instead of
incremental gradual, little by little
inter alia among other things
interim temporary, meantime
irrespective regardless
locality place
modification change, alteration
operational working
optimum best, greatest, most
participate take part
particulars details
persons people
quarterly every three months
resident, residing living
terminate end, finish
utilise use