GMAT Tuesday: Idioms - "Allow for" vs. "Allow to"

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This GMAT Tuesday video is about an idiom that often shows up on the GMAT. We'll teach you how to use the idiom “allow for” correctly - AND you'll learn how to avoid its common “allow to” trap!

There are two ways to use the idiom "allow for." The first is when we're talking about allocating a share or suitable amount of something. For example, we could say "the organizers did not allow enough time at the end for questions."

Now, what about "allow to"? This is not an idiom! When you see this structure, it's simply "allow" followed by an infinitive - and it means to permit something. For example, we could say "allow me to carry the boxes." Here, the "to" is connected to "carry," and not to "allow."

There's also a second way to use the "allow for" structure. "Allow for" can be used to refer to planning on having enough of something. For example: "since I am going to bring my friend, you should allow for him when cooking."

If you have an idiom that's tripping up your GMAT verbal study sessions, please let us know about it in the comment section below! We might make a video tutorial about it :)

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