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kestrel

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See if this helps:

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.
<i>or</i>
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").

Steve December 3, 2009, 11:40am

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Agree completely. On the other hand, "I watched him for a moment, then looked back at the menu in front of me" works: One moment = a few seconds (2 or 3?).

Steve December 1, 2009, 6:57pm

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