Employees may not smoke in this office.
Are both of the following sentences acceptable equivalents of the above sentence?
Employees are not allowed to smoke in this office.
Employees are not able to smoke in this office.
(I know that "can't" can be used instead of "are not able to".)
How about the past tense?
It was forbidden for employees to smoke in this office.
Employees were not allowed to smoke in that office.
Employees were not able to smoke in that office.
Thanks in advance to any native speaker for answering these questions!
PS - Great forum!
Hello, and thank you for the answer. However, are you really sure of it?
The following sentences should have very similar in meaning.
We cannot smoke here.
We may not smoke here.
Cannot = to be able to
So why not?
Also, another native speaker of British English said that to be able to can be used instead of to be allowed to in these contexts...