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Unread Oct 23rd, 2015, 12:32 am
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Today I said to my American friend and used of:

-The context allowed __ expectations that were opposite.

This American friend told me he has never heard of after allow in American English; do you think in UK English we could say so? If yes, then does it fit in my sentence? (the phrase verb=make something possible)
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Unread Oct 31st, 2015, 06:21 am
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Default Re: UK allow

It's rare but does occur in both British and American English. I found two examples in the British National Corpus :

Although my household and ARP duties did not allow of a visit to the Western hospital...

But in fact the experimental results turn out to allow of more ambiguity than has commonly been supposed.

and a second in the Brown University Standard Corpus of Present-Day American English :

a sufficient number of feed states must be investigated to allow of interpolation;

But generally for would be more usual. The number of examples of allow for was much higher in both corpora.
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Excellent answer. Thank you.
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