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    #1

    impede v. hinder v. prevent v. obstruct

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    1. She is impeding the progress of our project.

    Which of the following is just as usual, colloquial and which of the them is correct but do not convey the idea as original does and which of them is formal, so is not usual ?

    2) She is hindering the progress of our project.
    3) She is preventing the progress of our project.
    4) She is obstructing the progress of our project.

    Source:http://www.wordwebonline.com/en/IMPEDE

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    #2

    Re: impede v. hinder v. pretend v. obstruct

    2 and 4 are possible. 3 is completely unrelated; did you mean preventing​?
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    #3

    Re: impede v. hinder v. pretend v. obstruct

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    2 and 4 are possible. 3 is completely unrelated; did you mean preventing​?
    Yes, exactly. I have confused "pretend" and "prevent". I change the title and post.

    You say possible then is "impede" is the best of the four for the context?

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    #4

    Re: impede v. hinder v. pretend v. obstruct

    1, 2, and 4 are similar in meaning. Number 4 implies maliciousness more than the other options.

    Number 3 really doesn't work for me. She could be preventing our project from progressing,​ but somehow it doesn't work as written.
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    #5

    Re: impede v. hinder v. pretend v. obstruct

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    1, 2, and 4 are similar in meaning. Number 4 implies maliciousness more than the other options.

    Number 3 really doesn't work for me. She could be preventing our project from progressing,​ but somehow it doesn't work as written.
    Do you mean "the orignal doesn't work as written" or your change "She could be preventing our project from progressing" doesn't work?

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    #6

    Re: impede v. hinder v. pretend v. obstruct

    Your original version of number 3 doesn't work for me.
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    #7

    Re: impede v. hinder v. pretend v. obstruct

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    1, 2, and 4 are similar in meaning. Number 4 implies maliciousness more than the other options.

    Number 3 really doesn't work for me. She could be preventing our project from progressing,​ but somehow it doesn't work as written.
    You call them as "similar" then you know the difference between them, so would you please explain the difference between these four ?

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    #8

    Re: impede v. hinder v. pretend v. obstruct

    In this context, I don't see much difference between 'impede' and 'hinder'. Without more context, we can't tell if she's deliberately causing problems or not. As Goes already mentioned, 'obstruct' does imply her actions are deliberate.
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