Aloud or Allowed?

What Is the Difference between "Aloud" and "Allowed"?

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The Quick Answer

Aloud means out loud.
Allowed means permitted.

Aloud or Allowed?

The words aloud and allowed sound similar and are sometimes confused.


The adverb aloud means out loud and refers to sound (almost always speech).

  • Please do not read aloud. You're disturbing everyone else in the library.
  • The public are not keen on lip-syncing; therefore, medal hopefuls must all learn to sing the national anthem aloud.


Allowed is the past tense of the verb to allow, which means to permit. Allowed is synonymous with (the same as) permitted.

  • Small amounts of baby formula and breast milk are allowed in the aircraft cabin if a baby or small child is traveling.
  • I am not aloud to go to the party on Saturday.
  • (should be allowed)

A Quick Test



Getting Aloud and Allowed Wrong Is a Howler

Those with English as a second language are more prone to confusing aloud and allowed. A native English speaker confusing these words constitutes a grammatical howler.

Out Loud Not Out Loudly

The term out loud is an adverbial phrase meaning aloud. The term is not out loudly. For example:
  • LOL means Laugh Out Loud.
  • LOL means Laugh Out Loudly.
Read more about LOL than you'll ever need to know.

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