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    Kykex Guest

    Stop vs Stop from

    Hi I am an english teacher but English is not my native language so I still have problems sometimes. Last class I was explaining my student that you stop somebody FROM doing something. But she said "isn't it okay to say "stop smoking" instead of "stop from smoking"". I just couldn't answer, trying to figure out in my head in which case you use "stop + verb" and in which case "stop FROM + Verb"... I know when not to say "from" but I just feel it, I cannot explain it. I tried to search the web for an answer but haven't found anything... Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: Stop vs Stop from

    I stopped smoking
    I stopped him (from) smoking

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    Re: Stop vs Stop from

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I stopped smoking
    I stopped him (from) smoking
    If you want the traditional words, Kykex, the usages are intransitive and transitive.

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    ps I'm sure Tdol could have said this, and maybe chose not to say it. But my (tiny) experience of teaching EFL included some teachers of English who spoke it as a second language. And I found they were much more comfortable with the academic impedimenta of language analysis than other learners.
    Last edited by BobK; 26-Sep-2006 at 11:20. Reason: Added ps

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