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    the difference

    would u plz tell me what is the difference between "let"and "allow"?


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    Re: the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by leila_s_f2000 View Post
    Would you please tell me what is the difference between "let"and "allow"?

    Welcome to the forums, Leila!

    They are synonymous. If anything, "allow" is more formal.

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    Re: the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Welcome to the forums, Leila!

    They are synonymous. If anything, "allow" is more formal.
    But can "let" be used instead of "allow" in the following sentence: "You're not allowed to smoke here, darling"?


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    Re: the difference

    would u plz tell me what is the diference between "let"and "allow"?

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    Re: the difference

    Often they mean the same thing, but they are not interchangeable.

    I will not let you leave.
    Iwill not allow you to leave.
    I must let him in.
    I must allow him to enter.
    They don't allow smoking in there.
    They don't let you smoke in there.

    Also,

    I will not permit you to leave.
    I must permit him to enter.
    They don't permit smoking in there.

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