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    allow someone (to) do

    NY engineer admits letting passenger drive - NYPOST.com

    Cabrera admitted allowing passenger William Kutsch drive a train carrying nearly 400 riders during rush hour in July 2009. The train at times traveled at speeds of up to 80 mph.


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    My question is: did the news writer mistakenly miss the infinitive marker 'to' there?

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    Re: allow someone (to) do

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    NY engineer admits letting passenger drive - NYPOST.com

    Cabrera admitted allowing passenger William Kutsch drive a train carrying nearly 400 riders during rush hour in July 2009. The train at times traveled at speeds of up to 80 mph.


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    My question is: did the news writer mistakenly miss the infinitive marker 'to' there?
    I don't like it without "to". I don't much like "riders" either, I would prefer "passengers".
    Mind you, as the NYP is a Murdoch rag it doesn't surprise me that it uses bad English.

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    Re: allow someone (to) do

    I agree with bhaisahab, the werb pattern is:

    ALLOW sby. TO DO sth.

    Another way of saying the same and OMITTING "to" is the following one:

    LET sby. DO sth.

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