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ouadji



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"this is a unallowed request."

allowed, it's good ... but "unallowed" ???

... is this correct English? Confused (thank you all)

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Post 22 Jan 2011, 10:52
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idle



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yes, that is correct

ouadji, when a vowel sound starts a word, and you want an article to precede that word, an must be chosen, in other cases use a:
a boy
an excellent mark
an item
a mmx, an mmx
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Post 22 Jan 2011, 11:01
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vowel (a,e,i,o,u) => an

.... an unallowed request Razz

thank you very much idle


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Post 22 Jan 2011, 11:32
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ouadji wrote:
vowel (a,e,i,o,u) => an
No, not quite that simple. A vowel sound.

A used car. "used" has a Y sound at the front so we put "A".

An heir to a fortune. "heir" has a silent H so we put "An".
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an hour
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BTW: Even though "unallowed" is technically correct, it is more usual to put something like -

"this request is not allowed"

or,

"this is a forbidden request"

or depending upon the actual context,

"the request is denied"
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A vowel ... sound.
ok, understood !
like ... a year Razz (thank you revolution)

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in french, Y is a vowel.

you starts with I (in english pronounce E)

in fact, english is a baby language, and the master proof is that i have a friend with childrens, and hois childs are starting to speak, and guess, what sounds do they emit first?

simple

yeah, how, whaaat, who, when, beach, etc... but they try to emit french sound, but they need more time to understand that everything is tongue, throat, nose, tooth and lips.
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@edfed: In english Y is a consonant and a vowel Wink http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y

btw: English is not a 'baby' language, it can be more complex if you only would open your mind. I have never seen a baby say "indubitably my dear Watson"
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there is a jerk, that english baby's first word is 'the' Razz
also 'all-right': a man without left leg, arm, eye, ball Razz, remember that's a joke and no conflict is expected or implied
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Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus doesn't even know the word "unallowed".
Why not use "disallowed" ?
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SeproMan wrote:
Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus doesn't even know the word "unallowed".
You need to find a better dictionary then. Razz
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I never thought that it would cause a fourth global war. Shocked Wink

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Belgium!

Because OED shows no such adjective Smile
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The reason the Earth has been shunned for so long is also due to a language problem. On Earth, Belgium refers to a small country. Throughout the rest of the galaxy, Belgium is the most unspeakably rude word there is.
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Very Happy Wink

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