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    #1

    Allow for vs allow

    "His new invention allows for him to make money".

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    "His new invention allows him to make money".

    Would there be a difference between the two sentences?

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    #2

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    IMO, the first one means there is a possibility he will make money from his invention (that is, he hasn't found a buyer/investor for it), while the second ine says that he is actually making money from the invention.

    But maybe native speakers will say something different.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    The first sentence isn't right. "To allow for" something is a different meaning.

    It should take 45 minutes to get there, but let's leave an hour early to allow for traffic.

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    #4

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    Even the second one sounds odd to me. The income from his invention may allow him to take expensive holidays, but I don't see how the invention allows him to make money.

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    #5

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    Maybe he invented a printing press.

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    #6

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    "Implementing it, as well as negotiating a successor to the status of forces agreement that allows for US troops to be on Iraqi soil until the end of 2011, depends on what sort of Iraqi government comes into power."

    Would "allows for US troops to.." be wrong here? Should it be "allows US troops to..."?

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    #7

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Implementing it, as well as negotiating a successor to the status of forces agreement that allows for US troops to be on Iraqi soil until the end of 2011, depends on what sort of Iraqi government comes into power."

    Would "allows for US troops to.." be wrong here? No. Should it be "allows US troops to..."? No.
    Bhai.

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    #8

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    What's the difference between "..allows for him to make money.." and "...allows for US troops to be...."? Why is the latter incorrect while the former is OK?
    Last edited by ostap77; 21-Oct-2012 at 22:19.

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    #9

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What's the difference between "..allows for him to make money.." and "...allows for US troops to be...."? Why is the latter is incorrect while the former is OK?
    Bhai said the latter was not incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: Allow for vs allow

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What's the difference between "..allows for him to make money.." and "...allows for US troops to be...."? Why is the latter is incorrect while the former is OK?
    You have that the wrong way round.

    "... allows for him to make money ..." is incorrect.
    "... allows for US troops to be ..." is correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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