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aphorism a short clever saying that is intended to express a general truth -Cambridge online


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It sounds awkward because “allows” carries the idea of granting permission, but you haven’t specified who you are granting that permission to. Compare: This allows (?) to work. This allows one to work. I am allowed to work. When you change the infinitive to a participle/gerund, the sense changes subtly from ‘granting permission’ to ‘enabling a function’. ...


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There is nothing particularly special about this construction. It is what it is. In English, whether to use a gerund or an infinitive depends on the verb, and there does not seem to be a set rule. It just becomes a habit. A general trend however is that gerunds are used more often than infinitives, and infinitives tend to be used to express abstract or ...


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Laura Ingraham’s show on Friday night was a particularly captivating example of the figure-eight logic we resort to when our stories don’t align with reality. Laura Ingraham’s show on Friday night was a particularly captivating example of the "twisted" logic we resort to when our stories don’t align with reality. Twisted logic is a logic that ...


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