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NEWS.22: `allows' without an object

From: Ken Manheimer
Subject: NEWS.22: `allows' without an object
Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 19:41:35 -0400

On 5/28/07, Robert J. Chassell <address@hidden> wrote:

In English, as heard by a native,

    *** New user option `help-at-pt-display-when-idle' allows to

in emacs/etc/NEWS.22 sounds wrong.  It would sound better if it were

    *** New user option `help-at-pt-display-when-idle' allows you to

well, heck, why not use "enables" instead of "allows"?

"to allow" is to not refuse something, to permit it.  "to enable" is
to activate or provide the means to do something.  seems like 80% of
the time that i see "allows" in instructions, "enables" is what was meant.
(the other 20% of the time, the instructions are properly using the
word to endorse valid inputs, or something like that...)

looked at the outline, but even that was large, over 5000 lines.  You
may substitute `GNU Emacs' for `you'.)

"may substitute" - again, permission when something else is meant, in
this case, propriety - "you might substitute `GNU Emacs'..."

i don't mean to claim particular grammar chops, this is just a peeve of mine.

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