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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."
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:41:39 -0800
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On 01/25/2016 07:13 AM, Rostislav Svoboda wrote:
In contrast to that, meaning of both expressions:
this allows to do something
this allows [...] to do something
is quite clear.
That may be, but English grammar is not entirely laissez faire. For
non-native-English writers a good source for what constructions are
Just to make your head spin a bit more, “allows to” is OK when followed
by an indirect object, even though the “to” could often be omitted in
that case. For example:
"So far the object is not only lawful, but it is the mere exercise of a
right which the law allows to every individual."
This is from Alexander Hamilton's 1791 opinion as to the
constitutionality of the Bank of the United States. I wonder: would
Hamilton have said the same thing about the GPL?