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    allowed off

    What means this sentence?

    The hijacker with a knife and a hand grenade forced the pilot of the 737 to fly to Madrid, where six elderly passengers were allowed off.

    What "were allowed off" means?

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    Re: allowed off

    They were permitted to leave the plane.

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    Re: allowed off

    Quote Originally Posted by englishlearner77 View Post
    What does this sentence mean?

    What does "were allowed off" mean?
    You're going to have to learn the correct use of 'do' + main verb sometime.

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    Re: allowed off

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You're going to have to learn the correct use of 'do' + main verb sometime.
    What means xxx? is so common that I think it may eventually become accepted- the influence of learners on the language.

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    Re: allowed off

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What means xxx? is so common that I think it may eventually become accepted- the influence of learners on the language.
    What means "Over my dead body"?

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    Re: allowed off

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What means xxx? is so common that I think it may eventually become accepted- the influence of learners on the language.
    Unfortunately, "What means X?" has a different meaning from "What does X mean?". But you are right, many things may eventually be accepted. In the meantime, I think teaching proper English is the best way to go. My replies here assume that that's what most learners want.

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    Re: allowed off

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Unfortunately, "What means X?" has a different meaning from "What does X mean?". But you are right, many things may eventually be accepted. In the meantime, I think teaching proper English is the best way to go. My replies here assume that that's what most learners want.
    Agreed- I was just offering an aside.

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