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Ironically, to “facilitate” means “to make something easier,” — to help, in other words — but one uses it in business English purely to make something — namely your sentence — harder. Next to “effect” it is the weakest verb in the English language, and a sure sign that nominalisation is afoot.

“To facilitate the giving of notice to —” really means, after all, “to tell”.

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