Allowed versus Aloud

What is the Difference Between Allowed and Aloud?


When to Use Allowed

Allowed can be an adjective or a verb.

As an adjective, allowed is a synonym of permitted or sanctioned.

As a verb, allowed is the past tense of the verb allow, which means permit, sanction, or concede.


When to Use Aloud

Aloud is an adverb, in which it describes speaking or reading in full voice. Aloud is an antonym of the adverbs silently and quietly.

Summary

Is it aloud or allowed? Aloud and allowed are homophones, but they are different parts of speech.

Aloud is an adverb that means spoken or read in full voice. Allowed can be either an adjective, where it means permitted or sanctioned, or the past tense of the verb allow, which means to permit something or to concede a point.

Since allowed ends with the suffix –ed, you can always remember to use it as a past tense verb instead of aloud.

In conclusion, aloud is an adverb. Allowed is sometimes a verb and sometimes an adjective.


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