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    #1

    allow of / allow for

    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 06:09. Reason: typo: manybe---> maybe

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    #2

    Re: allow of / allow for

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    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.
    The phrasal verb is 'to allow for', we don't say 'allow of'.

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    #3

    Re: allow of / allow for

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    1. The regulation allows of no variation.
    2. The situation allows of no delay.
    3. The river is too deep to allow of swimming.

    In all three of the above sentences, either remove the of, or replace it with for.

    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.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: allow of / allow for

    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 06:35.

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    #5

    Smile Re: allow of / allow for

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The phrasal verb is 'to allow for', we don't say 'allow of'.
    What do you mean?


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    Re: allow of / allow for

    '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.

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