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    I'm allowing you ?

    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 ?


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    Re: I'm allowing you ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    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 ?
    "I let you go outside." is surely correct but I doubt that "allow" is used in continuous tenses.

    So it is better to say: "I allow you to go outside.", thereby meaning that you can go outside.

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    Re: I'm allowing you ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    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 ?
    Both are correct. The second one sounds more natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    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 ?
    Both are possible. ‘Allow’ is an action verb, so it can used any tense form. Depending on the context, the present continuous (I am allowing …) can work better; as:
    (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.
    Or
    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.

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    Re: I'm allowing you ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Both are possible. ‘Allow’ is an action verb, so it can used any tense form. Depending on the context, the present continuous (I am allowing …) can work better; as:
    (Conversation between an employee and boss)
    Employee: Sir, there is a family function at home. I would like to go out now and I'll return within an hour.
    Boss: Ok, just now I'll let you go, but make it a point to of coming back and finishing the assignment given to you.
    Both are indeed possible, and there is another alternative:

    I'm letting you go outside.

    For example:

    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".

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