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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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do "to prevent someone from doing" and "to hinder someone from doing" have the same meaning? Can they be used in the same context?
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"?
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).
That's what I am saying. Use "hinder" to mean "cause difficulty" and use "prevent" to mean "prevent."
If I read "the injury hindered him" I would think it means that he did play, just not at 100% of his ability.
If you mean the injury prevented him from playing, I recommend you do not use "hinder."
So, birdeen's call, was I correct or wrong? Do not make such statements when you don`t know!
Note that the fact that something causes difficulty doesn't imply that it does not prevent. On the contrary. It often happens that something that causes difficulty turns out to prevent. Yes, when you use "hinder", I may judge from the fact that you haven't used "prevent" that no preventing took place. However, I may well be mistaken in my judgement too.Use "hinder" to mean "cause difficulty" and use "prevent" to mean "prevent."
Finally, note what AHD has to say on this.
To hinder is to hold back and often implies stopping or prevention