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I am proofing a technical document and the auther quite frequently uses "allows to" and similar constructs, e.g.

This allows to find out which metadata files point to the data file.

This doesn't sound correct to me. I think it should be

This allows <something> to find out which metadata files point to the data file.

What "<something>" is of course depends on the context of the discussion. I'm pretty sure though that the original version is not proper English. Can someone confirm this?
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You are correct.
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AnonymousYes, I've seen cases of these as well in this document. These also do not ring true to me. The original author is Italian and I suspect it is a translation issue.Ha! I was going to answer in this thread but then I changed my mind. I just wanted to say that your sentence didn't sound very odd to me at first, because in Italian the verb "allow" can also be used that way. But that sentence is not ok in English, you need an object after "allow".

But now I see that the original author is Italian, so it's definitley a mistake due to a bad literal translation from Italian. Damn Italians.

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Hi,

Words like 'enables' or 'permits' are also used in such texts, as well as 'allows'.

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Yes, I've seen cases of these as well in this document. These also do not ring true to me. The original author is Italian and I suspect it is a translation issue.
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AnonymousThis allows <something> to find out which metadata files point to the data file.
The <something> is a pronoun. The best choice for impersonal use is "one": This allows one to find out which metadata files point to the data file.

Another option is replace the infinite with a noun: This allows discovery of which metadata files point to the data file.

Sometimes the passive voice is an option when translating the impersonal (active voice without subject of the verb) of romance langauges.

Hope this helps