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    • Join Date: Sep 2006
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    #1

    difference between avoid and prevent

    Hi there,

    I cannot understand the difference between avoid and prevent. Could anyone help me?

    "He tried to avoid him to commit suicide": wy is this sentence not correct and "He tried to prevent him from commiting suicide" is correct?

    Thanks!!


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    #2

    Re: difference between avoid and prevent

    I avoided the bollard and prevented an accident.

    By avoiding something, you take an action to "go around" the problem.

    Preventing something means actively interfering to stop something happening.

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