How to allow ‘Let’ & ‘Allow’ with permissions? – English Grammar Lessons
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In this Advanced English Grammar lesson, you are going to learn how to use ‘let’ and ‘allow’ as permissive verbs and how to use them in your daily English conversation.
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Let: is a verb that indicates permission. Its three forms remain the same.
The structure used is ‘let somebody do something’
Example: Maria opened the door and let her dog go outside.
Example: John never lets me pay for dinner.
Example: He let his son watch television last night.
Another structure used is ‘let something be done.’
Example: Don’t let your mind be changed.
Example: You left the keys in the ignition and the door unlocked. You let your car be stolen.
Allow: is a verb that indicates permission. Its three forms are allow (present), allowed (past) and allowed (past participle).
The structure used is ‘allow somebody to do something.’
Example: My boss never allows me to go home early.
Example: She doesn’t allow her children to cross the road alone.
Example: We allowed Maria and John to stay out late last night.
Another structure used is ‘allow something to be done.’
Example: Our boss never allows a single rule to be broken.
Example: The mother would never let her baby be harmed.