‘Allowed’ and ‘aloud’

Allowed and aloud are homophones. It’s a common mistake to use these two in place of each other. (Although I suspect some incorrect uses are because of predictive text functions.) Aloud can be substituted for ‘out loud’; allowed is the past tense of the verb allow.

musicAloud

  • audibly

Allow

  • to permit
  • to set aside
  • to acknowledge or admit

My tip: aloud is audible; allowed is permitted.


Sources:

  • Collins English Dictionary, 2009
  • Oxford Dictionaries Online
  • Pixabay (image)

 

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One thought on “‘Allowed’ and ‘aloud’

  1. This reminds me of an unintentional homophone used by a student I had in a remedial English class many years ago. He wrote in a story that someone was “anoid” at something. It took me a while to figure out what it was supposed to be! 😀

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