allow vs allow for

Reply Mon 27 Mar, 2017 07:28 pm
Is the "for" that follows "allow" necessary?

The new seating arrangement allows (for) greater mobility in the classroom.

Thank you.
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Reply Tue 28 Mar, 2017 12:14 am
In that sentence, "for" is not necessary.

To allow for means to take into account when planning something. If you are planning to drive from the East Coast to the West Coast, your schedule must allow for time you spend sleeping instead of driving.
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Reply Sun 9 Apr, 2017 09:49 pm
Not necessary but certainly possible.
Reply Mon 10 Apr, 2017 08:23 am
Which sounds better?
Reply Mon 10 Apr, 2017 10:11 am
I'd say both, depending on nuance. Off the top of my head, with not too much thought, "allowed for" sounds like a special provision has been made for something.

I could be mistaken.
Reply Mon 10 Apr, 2017 10:55 am
Good'n, Cam
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