From something I edited:
"The software gives parents the ability to support teacher efforts."
Another similar sentence (I made it up):
"I have the ability to burst into flight if I wear this magic cape."
These sentences are perfectly correct, but I hate them nevertheless. Mostly because they are wordy. Here are more concise versions:
"The software allows parents to support teacher efforts."
"I can burst into flight if I wear this magic cape."
I recommend avoiding "the ability." It is a nominalization and leads to wordy sentences.
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