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    #1

    verbals

    Hello dear teachers!
    I think when you want to use an infinitive after some verbs there are two allowed structures: verb + infinitive and verb + object + infinitive. But when you want to use a gerund after the first verb, there is only one structure: verb + gerund. I would be grateful if you would say the correct options among the sentences below:
    1. You cannot stop my doing what I want.
    2. You cannot stop me doing what I want.
    3. You cannot stop me from doing what I want.
    My answer: all of them are correct but the last two sentences are the same. In 2 the preposition 'from' is omited however. (maybe a literary device or something)

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    Re: verbals

    Hello! While I don't want to say (because I don't know) that sentence 1 is incorrect, it is definitely not something I've heard before or would ever expect to hear a fellow AmE speaker to say. It sounds entirely unnatural to my ears.

    Of your three choices, I believe sentence 3 is the only one that I've heard before, and is the only one I myself would say. Sentence 2 sounds like it's not necessarily an incorrect thing to say, but without 'from', it just sounds off a bit (possibly because 'stop me from doing...' is equivalent to and reminds me of 'keep me from doing...', and the 'from' is required in the 'keep' phrase in order to be correct).


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    Re: verbals

    2 & 3 sound OK to me. The first doesn't sounds natural to me either. (BrE speaker)

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