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    Wrong entry in LEO?

    Am I permitted to go? - Darf ich gehen?

    Wrong entry

    Am I permitted to go? - Darf ich gehen?


    May I leave/go?


    Darf ich gehen?

    Examples/ definitions with source references
    Famous examples from the internet:

    A poem:
    "Mother, may I go out to swim?"
    "Yes, my darling daughter.
    Fold your clothes up neat and trim,
    But don't go near the water."

    An old TV serial in US:
    "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
    Mother, May I Go Out to Swim? (1960)
    In school (I am a native English speaker), when we had to go to the toilet for example, we had to ask the teacher, "Ma'am, may I please go to the toilet?".

    Hence as per my understanding, May I go or May I leave (a room etc.) is the usual used, and not Am I permitted to go? I have never heard this and somehow for me it sounds completely Unsinn!! :D
    AuthoraddictedLEOuser18 Apr 07, 13:45
    vgl. den vieltausendfachen "complete Unsinn" anderswo:

    Zusätzliche Einträge wären mir sympathischer als eine Korrektur.
    #1AuthorMerl (235685) 18 Apr 07, 14:09
    'May I...' is seeking permission directly from the person addressed.
    'Am I permitted' implies that the person addressed might not have it in his or her power to grant such permission.
    #2AuthorNorton18 Apr 07, 18:14
    As another native speaker of English, I would have to agree with our addicted friend that people rarely say, "Am I permitted..." I wouldn't necessarily opt for deletion, but some additional entries may help, including "May I..."

    Furthermore, I wonder if it would be possible to add a entry for:

    "Can I go?" = "Darf ich gehen?"
    5. may; have permission to: Can I speak to you for a moment?

    While it's grammatically incorrect, I do believe, it is probably the most common way to say it. With the befitting marker--to denote its misuse of the word, no matter how slight--I think it would be a worthy addition.
    #3AuthorCharlie (US)18 Apr 07, 19:52
    Your "vieltausendfach" is actually only 16 in each case (google played its old trick of telling you it's found many more hits than it has actually found). And many of the hits contain things like "how far am I permitted to go?", which is quite different.
    #4Authorjgv18 Apr 07, 20:04
    @jgv: Danke für den Hinweis. Ich wusste von dem "trick" , aber so krass habe ich ihn noch nicht erlebt: 5.130 --> 16 wow! :-(
    #5AuthorMerl18 Apr 07, 20:15
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