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allow (to), permit (to), enable (to) – Misused Words

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Misused word
allow (to), permit (to), enable (to)

Alternatives
make it possible to, allow us to, enable us to, allow (an assessment) of.

Explanation
When used to mean “make it possible to,” “allow to” cannot be used without a grammatical object. “Allow” needs to be followed by a noun or pronoun such as “us.”

Example
Avoid “At present, the statistics available do not allow to take account of all these situations.”

Use “At present, the statistics available do not allow us to take account of all these situations.”

Source
Misused English words and expressions in EU publications by Jeremy Gardner [Updated 8.11.2013]

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