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Continue the conversation you heard in the programme, using let and allow.
We'll publish our five favourite entries.

Visitor: Can I play with the monkeys?Some animals at a zoo, with visitors
Zookeeper: No, we won't let you play with the monkeys.
Visitor: I love stripey things... Can I play with the tigers?
Zookeeper: We won't allow you to play with the tigers.
Visitor: I've brought my swimming costume... Can I go swimming with the penguins?
Zookeeper: No, you're not allowed to swim with the penguins.
Visitor: Ok, can I climb the giraffe?

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Roya, Iran
Zookeeper: no, you're not allowed to climb the giraffe because by doing so you may hurt the animal.
Visitor: am I allowed to enter the lion's enclosure?
Zookeeper: no, you're not allowed to. are you going to kill yourself?!!!
Visitor: I'm fond of horses. can I ride a horse?
Zookeeper: sorry, we can't let you ride a horse here.
Visitor: peacocks are really lovely animals. do you let me pluck a feather from a peacock (can I pluck a peacock feather?)
Zookeeper: no, I won't let you do that.
Visitor: do you let me talk to the parrots?
Zookeeper: of course i'll let you. there are a lot of parrots here which are trained to speak. The parrotcage is over there.

Catherine says:
Hi Roya, and thanks for your lovely dialogue! Your visitor is determined to enjoy the zoo!!!

You have very nice English, Roya, and you have used 'let' and 'allow' very well in your dialogue. To improve it, try to remember that we don't usually say 'do you let me...?'. We're asking a question about the future, so we have to say 'will you let me...? or possibly 'are you going to let me...?

And don't forget that when we are writing in English, we begin new sentences with a capital letter!!!

Thanks again for your dialogue, Roya!

Yesmin, Chile
Zookeeper: No!, are you getting mad? How could we allow anyone to climb an animal?
Visitor: Ok, I think I better go to the Jungle.
Zookeeper: Mmm, ok, if you brought your swimming costume you can ask the dolphin's keeper if he let you be part of the show.
Visitor: Really?
Zookeeper: No, I was joking, we won't allow mad people to get close to the animals.

Catherine says:
Thanks for your dialogue, Yesmin! I think William will find this one particularly enjoyable to read...

You've used 'let' and 'allow' very well in your dialogue, Yesmin, but remember to use 'will' or 'going to' when you are asking questions about the future - like this: 'you can ask the dolphin's keeper if he will let you be part of the show.'

And we usually say that someone is 'going mad', not 'getting mad'.

Keep logging on to Grammar Challenge, Yesmin!

Susanne, Germany
ZK: No, I'm sorry, you're not allowed to climb the giraffe
V: Would you let me play with the lionbaby. It is so cute?
ZK: I'm so sorry, but it is not allowed to play with the lionbaby, the lionmother wouldn't let you. But you can go to the baby animals feedstation. My collegue over there will let you help him, to feed the baby elephant.
V: Oh, thank you very much. Come on kids, we're going to the feedstation.

Catherine says:
Hi Susanne, and thanks for posting this most entertaining dialogue! The English word for 'lionbaby' is lion cub.

Most of your 'let' and 'allow' sentences are fine, but I'd like to focus on this one:

'ZK: I'm so sorry, but it is not allowed to play with the lionbaby...'

we usually only use the phrase 'it is not allowed' as a complete sentence, to talk about something that has already been mentioned, like this:

V: Would you let me play with the lion cub? It is so cute!
ZK: I'm so sorry, but it is not allowed. The lionmother wouldn't let you.

So 'it' means 'playing with the lion cub'. And did you notice how I corrected the punctuation in the question?!

Thanks again for your comment, Susanne!

Alex, Brazil
Zookeeper: I'm sorry, but unfortunately, you're not allowed to climb the giraffe.
Visitor: Can I feed the crocodile?
Zookeeper: We won't let you feed the crocodile, it's very dangerous!
Visitor: I'm not allowed to do anything here, what a boring zoo!
Zookeeper: That's not true. There's a shop over there where the visitors can buy specific food for some animals that we have here. If you buy it, we'll let you feed the birds and the camels...
Visitor: Oh, thank you! That sounds good!

Catherine says:
Hi Alex! What a lovely comment, with really good use of 'let and 'allow'! I also like the way you've used the adverb 'unfortunately' and a conditional 'if you buy it...' - it makes the dialogue sound very natural.

Keep logging on to Grammar Challenge, Alex!

Paolo, Italy
Zookeeper: Your allowed to climb the giraffe only if you wear the proper shoes and... Did you brought a ladder?
Visitor: I'm not allowed to bring a ladder.
Zookeeper: Really who is that possible?
Visitor: I tried to, but the guards at the entrance did not let me do it.
Zookeeper: Ouch, then I fear today is not giraffe-climbing day.

Catherine says:
Hello Paolo, and thanks for your comment! I like your use of the phrase 'giraffe-climbing day' - it made me smile a lot!

Your use of 'let and 'allow' is pretty good Paolo, but make sure you use the correct form when you shorten 'you are' - you should write 'you're allowed to climb the giraffe' (not 'your allowed...')

Don't forget to use the infinitive form with past tense questions: you should write 'did you bring' (not 'did you brought'). And I think you meant to write 'how is that possible?' (not 'who is that possible?')

Thanks for getting in touch, Paolo!

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