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    Default transitive verb with preposition?

    i don't understand how to explain the following:

    e.g.nothing would prevent him from speaking.

    prevent is a transitive verb but why there is a prepositional phrase
    "from speaking"follow the word"him"?

    perhaps you will not know what i mean,anyway,i am grateful to any feedback.

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    Default Re: transitive verb with preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by nono1994 View Post
    i don't understand how to explain the following:

    e.g.nothing would prevent him from speaking.

    prevent is a transitive verb but why there is a prepositional phrase
    "from speaking"follow the word"him"?

    perhaps you will not know what i mean,anyway,i am grateful for any feedback.
    WELCOME!

    Why do you think a prepositional phrase cannot follow the object of a verb?
    I found the cat under the bed.

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    Default Re: transitive verb with preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by nono1994 View Post
    i don't understand how to explain the following:

    e.g.nothing would prevent him from speaking.

    prevent is a transitive verb but why there is a prepositional phrase
    "from speaking"follow the word"him"?

    perhaps you will not know what i mean,anyway,i am grateful to any feedback.
    Nothing would prevent him from speaking.
    (Not a teacher)
    Explanations:
    "Nothing" is a subject and "would" a modal in the sentence.
    "Prevent" is a transitive verb that takes a direct object "him";
    "from speaking" is a prepositional phrase used as a complement of the object "him".
    "Prevent somebody/something (from) doing something" is a fixed collocation. (For details, please look up a dictionary.)

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