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    Default to prevent - to hinder

    do "to prevent someone from doing" and "to hinder someone from doing" have the same meaning? Can they be used in the same context?

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    Default Re: to prevent - to hinder

    Hinder | Define Hinder at Dictionary.com

    There is a second definition of "Hinder" to mean "prevent" but I would not use the word that way. I would use it to mean to make difficult.

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    Default Re: to prevent - to hinder

    For example:
    1) Bad weather condition hindered us from going to the party.
    2) Bad weather condition prevented us from going to the party.
    3) I think her father cannot hinder her from seeing you.
    4) I think her father cannot prevent her from seeing you.

    A) Are these sentences acceptable with both the verbs?
    B) Can these verbs be followed by an infinite rather than "from + ing"?

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    Default Re: to prevent - to hinder

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    For example:
    1) Bad weather condition hindered us from going to the party.
    2) Bad weather condition prevented us from going to the party.
    3) I think her father cannot hinder her from seeing you.
    4) I think her father cannot prevent her from seeing you.

    A) Are these sentences acceptable with both the verbs?

    They're all acceptable but they mean different things. With 2 and 4, it is clear that something either did not happen or will not happen.

    With 1 and 3, it's not absolutely certain. It could be that the weather and the father made it/will make it difficult for something to happen.



    B) Can these verbs be followed by an infinite rather than "from + ing"?

    I'm nof sure what you mean. Do you want to know if it's possible to say "Bad weather conditions prevented us to go to the party"? If so, no. One is prevented from doing something.
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    Default Re: to prevent - to hinder

    I agree with SoothingDave. For example:

    An injury hindered him from playing (= He succeeded in recovering in spite of his injury. Perhaps he didn't play his best, but he took part in the match).

    An injury prevented him from playing (= His injury made it impossible for him to participate in the match. However hard he might have tried to recover, he finally couldn't play the match).

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    Default Re: to prevent - to hinder

    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    An injury hindered him from playing (= He succeeded in recovering in spite of his injury. Perhaps he didn't play his best, but he took part in the match).
    The equality sign is misleading here. This sentence doesn't mean that he succeeded in recovering.

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