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    Is this sentence correct:
    1-The monument was unveiled earlier Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.

    If it is, then the "it" replaces "the unveiling of the monument", does it not?

    Could one say:
    2-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it.
    or
    3-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent that.
    or
    4-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Is this sentence correct:
    1-The monument was unveiled earlier Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.
    The monument was unveiled earlier on Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    If it is, then the "it" replaces "the unveiling of the monument", does it not?
    I think so, yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Could one say:
    2-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it.
    or
    3-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent that.
    or
    4-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent him.
    I'd suggest that John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Is this sentence correct:
    1-The monument was unveiled earlier Thursday despite efforts by certain officials to stop it.

    If it is, then the "it" replaces "the unveiling of the monument", does it not?

    Could one say:
    2-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent it.
    or
    3-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent that.
    or
    4-John was wounded in spite of my efforts to prevent him.
    I agree with your analysis of #1.

    For the other, #2 and #3 are fine, but not #4.

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    Thank you Red5 and Mike.
    Another question of the same kind:
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent him.
    2-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent it.
    3-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thank you Red5 and Mike.
    Another question of the same kind:
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent him.
    2-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent it.
    3-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent that.
    In this set, I would only use #3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thank you Red5 and Mike.
    Another question of the same kind:
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent him.
    2-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent it.
    3-John decided to go out but I decided to prevent that.
    I agree with Mike. The word that in the third sentence refers to John going out--something neither him nor it does.

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