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Hi. Are these both right?

1. The platform compensates the height of the shoe so it becomes comfortable.

2. The platform compensates for the height of the shoe so it becomes comfortable.

Do I need to inclued for?
 

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Your sentences mean nothing to me with or without 'for'.

Platform of the shoe means a thick sole.

It means the platform makes it easier for the person to walk in heels.
 

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They're 'platform shoes' in English.
That translates as 'compensated sole' in some other European languages, but in English you can't talk about the platform compensating for the height of the shoe.
 
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That doesn't make sense.

This is what I think of when you say a a person has to "walk in heels":

stiletto.jpg

This is what I think of when you say "thick sole" in relation to shoes:

thick sole.jpg

These are "platforms" and although they do have heels, the high sole definitely doesn't make it easier to walk!

platform.jpg
 

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Regardless, shouldn't we use "compensate for"?

Another example:

Her virtues compensate her faults.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compensate

Should this sentence be with "for" or without "for"?

Thanks.

It should be "Her virtues compensate for her faults". I can't find that example sentence in the link you provided though.

Please note that starting your post with "Regardless" was rather dismissive of the effort I put in to post #5 to try to help you.
 

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That was not my intention. I appreciate your help.

Attached is the screenshot with the sentence I mentioned.

Thanks.
 

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That was not my intention. I appreciate your help.

Attached is the screenshot with the sentence I mentioned.

Thanks.

I'm glad you found it helpful. Remember to click the "Thank" button on any post you appreciate in future.

There was no screenshot in post #8 unfortunately but don't worry - I went back into the hyperlink and realised that the example sentence was right at the top! I don't know how I missed it.
I'm honestly not aware of the use of "compensate" (no preposition) to mean "counterbalance". Maybe I've just never stumbled across it or maybe it's just not commonly used in BrE.
 
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