Is this sentence OK?

Reply Sun 30 Nov, 2014 06:37 am
I would like to know if there is any mistake in the following sentence:

I became really surprised when an email was sent to me asking me to do a test that may allowed me to become a second year student.

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Reply Sun 30 Nov, 2014 09:59 am
"May allowed" should be corrected to "may allow".

After that correction, the sentence should be "technically" correct, but the style is very awkward/passive. The focus of the sentence is currently on the word "email." Are you really trying to focus on "you" and the opportunity to become a second year student? If so, then a better revision of this sentence would be:

I received a surprise e-mail asking me to do a test to become a second-year student.

Just my suggestion as an English teacher/editor.
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Reply Mon 1 Dec, 2014 06:59 am
The 'allowed', as the above said, should be 'allow'. And I think it might not be 'became' surprised; rather:I was really surprised.
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