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Prohibits...to be or from being?

When using the word prohibits... which is correct?

...which prohibits fences 4 ft in height from being erected ... or ...which prohibits fences 4 ft in height to be erected

...which prohibits any fence from being constructed... or ...which prohibits any fence to be constructed

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I have a broken leg, which prohibits me from running. (Yes, I would substitute "prevents" for "prohibits" but the analogy is sound.)

In California, state law prohibits you from using your cell phone while driving.
or
In California, state law prohibits you to use your cell phone while driving.

I would argue the first use is less unwieldy, despite the successive gerunds ("using" and "driving").

Steve1 Dec-03-2009

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In general, it's "...prohibits you from..." and "...allows you to..." Similarly, it would be "...stops/bans/keeps you from..." and "...permits you to...", but simply "...lets you (run, eat, whatever, verb without preceding 'to')..." I would suggest that in the above post, "In California, state law prohibits you TO USE [emphasis mine] your cell phone while driving." is incorrect.

porsche Dec-03-2009

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