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    Bassim is offline VIP Member
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    Word "preclude"

    I have tried to use "preclude" in my sentences. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1.The president tried to preclude inquiry into his contacts with a foreign secret service.

    2. The large company is trying to preclude its smaller rivals to get into its market.

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    Re: Word "preclude"

    Number 1 is just barely acceptable. Number 2 doesn't work at all.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Word "preclude"

    Would my second sentence be better like this:

    The large company is trying to prevent its smaller rivals to get into its market.

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    Re: Word "preclude"

    You prevent someone from getting into a market.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Word "preclude"

    The president could try to block/stymie such inquiries.

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