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New post 04 Nov 2010, 08:04
Hi,

I doubt that the below sentence contains idiomatic error "allows...for" but sentence has "allows..to"

Once you show Josephina the ropes, her natural skill as a salesperson will allow her to run the store by herself in no time.

Pls help to provide your explanation whether "allows for " or "allows...to " is correct?
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Good times with idioms!

"Allows for" and "allow to" are each correct in different contexts.

"Allow...to" means "permit". For example:

"You are allowed TO eat your dessert after you finish your vegetables." --> Correct. Here, you are permitted to eat dessert at that point.
"All students are allowed TO post questions on the forum." --> Again, this is correct.
"Will you allow me TO go to the party?" --> Correct. I'm asking permission to go to the party.

Notice how all of these examples with "allow...to" are followed by clauses that contain verbs.

In contrast, "allows for" must be followed by a noun, as this form of the idiom means "permits the existence of." For example:

"Implementing the instant replay allowed FOR more accurate calls." --> Correct. The instant reply led to the existence of the noun phrase "more accurate calls."
"Building a larger stadium allowed FOR higher attendance." --> Again, correct. "Higher attendance" is a noun that was made possible by the larger stadium.

Given all this: In your example below, nageshiv, which one would you choose?

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I didn't quite get it. Where is allows to / allows for in the question. you only have - will allow to - For clarity's skem please post the entire post because everything depends upon the context
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Thanks Brett

IMO - here it should be allow to run - as run is the verb of the clause
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