I see people saying things like this:
With a new infusion of cash it allows to make the film.
With a new infusion of cash it allows making the film.
I can't find a specific example right now, but it always takes the form of verb + infinitive instead of verb + participle. I've seen this repeatedly with the verb "allow"; there are others but I forget what they are.
This grates on my ears more than anything. What is the cause?
Update: Here are some examples from the web (searching Google for "allows to":
These sites have constructs like "allows to steal", "allows to find", "allows to erect", and "allows to measure". Perhaps it is the missing direct object that a respondent mentioned, but the present participle is the first thing that comes to my mind: "allows stealing", "allows finding", "allows erecting", and "allows measuring".
There is also "requires to" and "helps to".
Update 2: Here are some specific examples - taken from the web pages linked above. All of these phrases are wrong:
New Google Analytics Allows to Measure Site Speed
Android app allows to find your Phone
allows to steal data from sessionstore.js
(The last one is a fragment, I know.) Here's more examples (all wrong!!):
Creating a Google Account Requires to Enter Your Birthday in the US
Host now requires to use SMTP with PHP
Smart Array 6402 always requires to press F1 to continue.
I sincerely hope this is clear now. All of the examples given need a past participle (or some sort of direct object).
Update 3: (Hope I'm not overdoing this!) I would correct each of the above examples thusly:
New Google Analytics Allows Measuring Site Speed
Android app allows you to find your Phone
allows stealing data from sessionstore.js
Creating a Google Account Requires Entering Your Birthday in the US
Host now requires using SMTP with PHP
Smart Array 6402 always requires pressing F1 to continue.