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This exercise practises verbs meaning allow and forbid. Choose the best word to put in each gap. Make sure that you put it in the correct form.

authorise, approve, ban, bar, censor, entitle, grant, license, permit, prohibit, sanction, veto

1. I'm terribly sorry, sir, but this restaurant is not ____________________ to sell alcohol. We can only serve non-alcoholic drinks.

2. This ticket ____________________ you free, unlimited travel throughout the whole rail system for one month.

3. I tried to get into that nightclub, but the doorman told me that I was ____________________. I haven't done anything so I don't know why they won't let me in.

4. The government of California has decided to ____________________ the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

5. Smoking is ____________________ anywhere in the building. You have to go outside if you want to smoke.

6. Four members of the security council wanted to take action and send troops in, but the decision was ____________________ by the fifth member. 

7. In a free, democratic society the government has no right to ____________________ the press or television.

8. The police held the demonstrators in the square for six hours. They did not even ____________________ them to use the toilet. 

9. I am not ____________________ by the company to take a decision, but I can certainly pass your case on to my supervisor to look at.

10. After Kevin was convicted of drunken driving he was ____________________ from driving for a year and fined £1000. 

11. Everyone is ____________________ to a fair trial, even for the most horrific of crimes. It is one of the most basic of human rights.

12. I am pleased to tell you that your application for time off has been ____________________. You can take a two weeks next month.

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