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    Question Didn't be allowed to or wasn't/weren't allowed to

    Good afternoon

    (Although I am late a bit I would like to wish Happy New Year everybody )


    My question is how to say correctly: Didn't be allowed to or wasn't/weren't allowed to.

    Thank You a lot

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    Default Re: Didn't be allowed to or wasn't/weren't allowed to

    Hello, and a belated happy new year to you as well.

    Welcome to Using English.

    I wasn't allowed to.
    We weren't allowed to.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thank You very much

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    Default Re: Didn't be allowed to or wasn't/weren't allowed to

    Here's another set for you:

    When I was a child, I wasn't allowed to stay up past midnight.
    When I was a child, my mother didn't allow me to say up past midnight.

    I allowed him to shake my hand.
    I didn't allow him to kiss me.

    He was allowed to shake my hand.
    He wasn't allowed to kiss me.
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    Default Re: Didn't be allowed to or wasn't/weren't allowed to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Here's another set for you:

    When I was a child, I wasn't allowed to stay up past midnight.
    When I was a child, my mother didn't allow me to say up past midnight.

    I allowed him to shake my hand.
    I didn't allow him to kiss me.

    He was allowed to shake my hand.
    He wasn't allowed to kiss me.

    Oh, yes, now I understand, course... I am allowed to do something this is an passiv sentence, and I didn't allow somebody to do something it is an activ one.
    Thank You a lot

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