Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

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Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby elegance » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 05:16:39 -0500

Usually, I see the verb prevent used as prevent sth. or someone from sth. I am curious to know if it can be used as prevent someone or something to do something.

ex.

Protesters keep preventing our country to move on

Is it grammatically correct?
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Re: Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby StudentGuru » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 04:44:42 -0500

Normally you would say:

Protesters keep preventing our country from moving on

or

Protesters prevent our country from moving on
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Re: Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby Syl » Thu, 22 Jan 2009 04:39:49 -0500

Copied from the Oxford Dictionary online:

pre•vent /prvent/ verb ~ sb/sth (from doing sth) to stop sb from doing sth; to stop sth from happening: [vn] The accident could have been prevented. He is prevented by law from holding a licence. Nothing would prevent him from speaking out against injustice. The government took steps to prevent a scandal. [vn -ing] (BrE) Nothing would prevent him / his speaking out against injustice. [also v -ing]

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Re: Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby Syl » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 05:31:04 -0500

Can we prevent this kind of spamming from happening here on this forum?

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Re: Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby Greg85 » Fri, 06 Jun 2014 01:59:23 -0500

to stop something touching or harming someone or something: Put a cloth over the salad to keep the flies off. Wear a hat to keep the sun off (= to prevent it harming your skin).

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Re: Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby Greg85 » Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:39:12 -0500

pre·vent·ed, pre·vent·ing, pre·vents
v.tr.
1. To keep from happening: took steps to prevent the strike.
2. To keep (someone) from doing something; impede: prevented us from winning.
3. Archaic To anticipate or counter in advance.
4. Archaic To come before; precede.

-source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/prevent

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Re: Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby Syl » Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:57:55 -0500

Oh, Greg

That's a good dictionary too! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Can I use "prevent someone to do something"

Postby Power English » Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:37:15 -0500

Replace to move with from moving and it's correct!
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