Student or Learner
1. The regulation allows of no variation.
2. The situation allows of no delay.
3. The river is too deep to allow of swimming.
4. allow of sb.'s authority
5. allow for the circumstances
Are the above correct?
I think sentences1-3 don't make much sense? Maybe sentences 4-5 are correct?
Many thanks in advance.
Last edited by henz988; 07-Mar-2009 at 05:09. Reason: typo: manybe---> maybe
Could it be that "allow of" is archaic and so it is out of use?
What about phrases4-5 then?
Last edited by henz988; 09-Mar-2009 at 05:35.
'allow', with the meaning 'give the necessary time or opportunity for', had the now very dated form of 'allow of'
e.g. "My household duties were too many to allow of a visit to the hospital."
It sounds old-fashioned and pretentious these days.