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Re: To non-native English writers: expunging the solecism "This allows t
Re: To non-native English writers: expunging the solecism "This allows to do something."
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 23:20:41 +0100
mu4e 0.9.13; emacs 188.8.131.52
On 2016-01-24, at 22:06, Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> wrote:
> The same considerations also apply to "permit", "enable", and "prevent"
> (although the preposition after "prevent" is always "from", never "to").
> I have done my best to expunge these solecisms from our source and
> documentation files (including NEWS). PLEASE take care to avoid adding
> any new ones!
Thank you for writing this. I'm a non-native user of English, and I may
have messed this up. I'll try to remember about this.
> [...] Nothing about natural languages is simple.
"- In many languages, double negative means positive, but there is no
language in which a double positive means negative.
- Yeah, sure."
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
Adam Mickiewicz University