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    verb + to infinitive question

    Dear teachers,
    How do I explain the following question to a LEP student. In many grammar books the verb to allow, is grouped with verbs that take this form; subject + verb + object + to-infinitive, for example we allowed them to go.
    What about saying She is allowed to go, allowed to use and allowed to vote.
    These examples would fit the following form; subject + verb + to-infinitive.
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    Re: verb + to infinitive question

    Hello DM

    Yes, those examples are fine. Maybe your students could think of the structure as follows:

    1. We | allowed | them | to vote.

    = subject + active verb + object + to-infinitive

    2. They were allowed to vote [by us].

    = subject + passive verb + to-infinitive [+ agent].

    Does that help?

    MrP

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