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    Default prevent "from"?

    Hi everybody.

    I came across this sentence and I 'd like to know if the usage of "prevent" is correct in this sentence. When is the word "from" necessary when it comes to using the verb "prevent"? Could the word "thwart" be used instead or it has a much too "negative" meaning?

    "In addition to these points, this paper aims to discuss the roles of the State and of health policy, which aren't supposed to control or prevent the adoption of a given technology, but to define when, to whom and under what clinical and corporate circumstances technologies should be used".

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: prevent "from"?

    No, "thwart" has a connotation of because one is an adversary.

    "From" is wrong in this context.

    You prevent an action from happening. "We were prevented from accessing the building during the safety drill."

    You prevent a thing. "We were prevented access to the building during the safety drill."

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    Default Re: prevent "from"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maria Carolina Morais View Post
    Hi everybody.

    I came across this sentence and I 'd like to know if the usage of "prevent" is correct in this sentence. When is the word "from" necessary when it comes to using the verb "prevent"? Could the word "thwart" be used instead or it has a much too "negative" meaning?

    "In addition to these points, this paper aims to discuss the roles of the State and of health policy, which aren't supposed to control or prevent the adoption of a given technology, but to define when, to whom and under what clinical and corporate circumstances technologies should be used".

    Thanks!
    "Prevent" is a transitive verb; it requires a direct object.

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