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    Only John is allowed

    John is the only person who can operate the bank account (authorized signature) in the company.

    Is it natural to say "Only John is allowed to operate the bank account"?

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    Re: Only John is allowed

    No. You can say Only John is allowed to access the bank account. Some people may complain that "access" shouldn't be used as a verb; this ngram comparing access and inflections of exemplify shows that it has been pretty widely adopted in the last thirty-five years. If you want an uncontroversial choice you can say Only John has access to​ the bank account.
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    #3

    Re: Only John is allowed

    Only John is, however, not the problem.

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    Re: Only John is allowed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Only John is, however, not the problem.
    Hi Tdol

    I don't get it. Can you explain it?

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    Re: Only John is allowed

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. You can say Only John is allowed to access the bank account. Some people may complain that "access" shouldn't be used as a verb; this ngram comparing access and inflections of exemplify shows that it has been pretty widely adopted in the last thirty-five years. If you want an uncontroversial choice you can say Only John has access to​ the bank account.
    What does access mean in the above sentence? Can you explain it?

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    Re: Only John is allowed

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. You can say Only John is allowed to access the bank account. Some people may complain that "access" shouldn't be used as a verb; this ngram comparing access and inflections of exemplify shows that it has been pretty widely adopted in the last thirty-five years. If you want an uncontroversial choice you can say Only John has access to​ the bank account.
    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    What does "access" mean in the above sentence? Can you explain it?
    The verb means use; the noun (with "to") means the ability to use.
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    Re: Only John is allowed

    I'd suggest that 'access' has a more limited meaning than 'use'. You can access something without using it. (You can telephone a help desk and hang up.) You have accessed the help desk, but you have only used the telephone. But we would not usually say that you've accessed the telephone (unless there was usually a problem with access to telephones).
    But I think "access" is dealt with quite well by dictionaries, which are easily accessed online. Once you have access, you can use it.

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    Re: Only John is allowed

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Hi Tdol

    I don't get it. Can you explain it?
    Only John is fine-the problem is with the choice of verb.

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    Re: Only John is allowed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Only John is fine-the problem is with the choice of verb.
    Do you mean we can use "operate" i.e "Only John is allowed to operate the bank account."?

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    Re: Only John is allowed

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Do you mean we can use "operate" i.e "Only John is allowed to operate the bank account."?
    I have never heard "operate" in connection with bank account. In English we do not operate a bank account. The phrase is unnatural and meaningless.

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