Misused Words

Allowed and Aloud

Allowed is the past tense of the verb allow.

The teenager was not allowed out after midnight.

Aloud is an adverb, so it should be used to modify a verb or another adverb.

The student read his poem aloud to the class.

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) He talked (allowed, aloud) even though there was nobody else around.

(2) He was not (allowed, aloud) to get his driver's license until he was nineteen.

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