What's the difference between allow for ~ to do something and allow ~ to do something?

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We allow people/employees/ (direct object) to do something.

We allow for in the sense of making allowance for; that's to say, to bear something in mind when planning or carrying out an action.

Don't completely pack the car, we have to allow for (leave room for) mum's suitcase.

Her flight is due at five but we have to allow for delays.

The job usually takes a day but you should allow for the trainees' inexperience.


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