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    protect somebody from ...

    1. You can easily protect yourself from accidentally pressing unwanted key combinations.
    2. Legislative efforts to protect phone records from pretext-ing
    3. States generally protect men from having any parental obligations and protect women from having to share parental obligations with the sperm donor in that...

    What do you think of these sentences from Google?
    "protect somebody from something" is a common expression.
    But what about "protect somebody from doing something" ? In this phrase, can somebody be the subject of doing as in sentence3 above?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: protect somebody from ...

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    1. You can easily protect yourself from accidentally pressing unwanted key combinations.
    2. Legislative efforts to protect phone records from pretext-ing
    3. States generally protect men from having any parental obligations and protect women from having to share parental obligations with the sperm donor in that...

    What do you think of these sentences from Google?
    "protect somebody from something" is a common expression.
    But what about "protect somebody from doing something" ? In this phrase, can somebody be the subject of doing as in sentence3 above?

    Many thanks in advance.
    "To protect someone from doing something" can be used if the context is right. For example, the police routinely protect a suspect from hitting his head on the car roof as they bundle him into a car.
    Near lakes, children need protection from straying into the water.

    However, I think 1. should use 'prevent'.
    2. is difficult since it's not an entire sentence. It looks like it might be correct. The phone records are not in danger of (doing) pretexting, they are in danger from pretexting to them.
    3. sounds right. The laws protect citizens from having to take on unfair obligations.

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