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Can one say : "I'm allowing you to go outside" or does one have to say "I let you go outside" ? Or are both possible ?
(Conversation between an employee and boss)
Employee: Sir, there is a family function at home. I like to go out now and return within an hour.
Boss: Ok, just now I am allowing you, but make it a point to come back and finish the assignment given to you.
Boss: Look here, you have an urgent assignment to complete today. How do you expect to finish if you remain absent for some time?
Employee: I assure you Sir, it will certainly be completed after I come back.
Boss: Any way, I am allowing you with the hope that you will be true to your words.
Last edited by sarat_106; 10-Apr-2010 at 14:18.
I'm letting you go outside.
Parent: I'm letting you go and play outside, but don't be long.
Child: OK, I'll be back in half an hour.
In the example given above about the family function, I don't think that the present continuous would be used. If you ask permission to leave work, I think you would be more likely to be told "OK, I'll let you leave".