"It is not allowed to smoke here"

Reply Sun 1 Jun, 2014 02:27 pm
Thanks a million, Lordyaswas.
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Reply Mon 2 Jun, 2014 12:47 am

I've read this now, and very interesting it was. I think I agree with Contrex that it is correct, and with the Americans who think it sounds a little awkward.
Canadians too, sorry.
For some reason I was reminded of the sentence
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
But I wouldn't employ Jane Austen to write me a no smoking sign.
Reply Mon 2 Jun, 2014 12:54 am

My English teacher told me that the expression
"It is not allowed to smoke here' isn't recommended to use.

I think it's the use of the infinitive (to smoke) which makes it sound awkward.
We might better say:
Smoking is not allowed here. Otherwise
You are not allowed to smoke here
or even
It is not allowed for you/anyone/people to smoke in here
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Mon 2 Jun, 2014 01:26 am
I've seen exactly this sentence on a sign in a gateway in Corfe Castle, but couldn't relocate the photo...
Reply Mon 2 Jun, 2014 02:42 am
@Walter Hinteler,

Well there you go then. Perhaps Jane Austen wrote it.
Walter Hinteler
Reply Mon 2 Jun, 2014 02:56 am
Or Thomas Hardy.
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