Scientific English as a Foreign Language
Answers to Lesson of November 21, 1997

One of the most frequent errors from French and German speakers is:

"Allow" is usually used as a transitive verb, which means that it takes a direct object. The phrase above should read:

"Allow" is more difficult than some purely transitive verbs, in that sometimes it is transitive and sometimes not. Here are the definitions of "allow" from the Random House CD-ROM Dictionary:


Try these excercises.

1. I can't go on vacation that week. My boss won't allow me.
2. In Paris, it's best to allow two hours to get from Gare de Lyon to Gare de Nord.
3. This procedure allows one to replicate DNA.
4. I will allow you to give me the report a few days late.
5. No late abstracts will be allowed.

An electron is sure hard to please.
When spread out, it sometimes will freeze.
Though agoraphobic,
It's still claustrophobic,
And runs off when put in a squeeze.

-D. Morin et al.

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Created April 30, 1998, by Nancy Burnham and Fred Hutson.