The difference between allow, permit, and let.

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What is the difference between allow, permit, and let?
Each of these words are used to showcase someone has received permission to do something. ‘Permit’ is used more formally, meanwhile ‘allow’ and ‘let’ are more informal.

Allow and Permit:
These two words are followed by an object and a ‘to-infinitve’ clause. You can also use ‘allow’ and ‘permit’ to mention something that someone is not supposed to do.
For example:
He allowed me to join him at the movies.
– They do not permit cell phones to be used during the ballet.
– Children are not permitted to use the swimming pool without an adult.

‘Let’ is followed by an object and an infinitive without to. You do not usually use ‘let’ in the passive. Therefore, you will not say, ‘She was let go to the party’.
For example:
– I do not think my teacher will let me submit my assignment late.

Practice: allow, permit or let?

Complete the following sentences with the correct verb form of let, permit, or allow.

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