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    A flush hatch is designed for men not to stumble (over it)

    Hello!

    We all know more or less that life on a ship is simple and limited to necessities. For instance, tables and chairs/armchairs are screwed on to the floor in case of storm. On some of ships, there are also so-called flush hatches, that is, hatches that are flat or even to the same extent as the surroundings; such hatches do not protrude over the deck. Hence, my question.

    1. A flush hatch is designed (in order) for people not to stumble over it. = A flush hatch is so designed that people should not / do not stumble over it. = A flush hatch is designed in such a way as to prevent people from stumble over it. By it, I mean "a flush hatch" of course.
    2. A flush hatch is designed (in order) for people not to stumble. = A flush hatch is so designed that people should not / do not stumble. = A flush hatch is designed in such a way as to prevent people from stumbling. Omission of "over it".


    In the heading, I used "men" because of lack of space.

    From the sentence 1, I understand that when one says "to stumble over" it must always be followed by the object, eg, "to stumble over a wooden log". Unlike "to stumble", "to stumble over" must not be on its own, without the object.

    What do you think of my reasoning?

    Thank you.

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    Re: A flush hatch is designed for men not to stumble (over it)

    For instance, tables and chairs/armchairs are screwed to the floor in case of storm. On some of ships, there are also so-called flush hatches, that is, hatches that are flat and even with surrounding surfaces; such hatches do not protrude above the deck.

    A flush hatch is designed in such a way as to prevent people from stumbling over it.

    Your understanding is correct. I recommend the above.

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    Re: A flush hatch is designed for men not to stumble (over it)

    A typo as usual. Although I tried hard not to make a mistake, I did.

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