I know that you can say "you are / he is allowed to do sth.", but can you also say "it is allowed to do sth." It sounds strange to me.
Thanks for your help!
"It is allowed" is alright, but usually after the subject is given.
A: Is smoking allowed here?
B: Yes, it is allowed.
But "Is it allowed to smoke here?" or "It is allowed to smoke here" sounds wrong to my ears.
I note however that this construction has been used a lot on the web, often by non-native speakers.
Last edited by Raymott; 22-Jun-2009 at 12:19.
Sure it is possible to say that. We must understand that using the pronoun IT may limit the application, or be confusing as how a thing is allowed to do something but it is structurally correct.