The sentence is a sample one form LDOCE:

We had to hold the tent down with rocks to stop it blowing away.

Why not "to stop it being blown away"?


There is no reason why you can't use your suggestion instead. They mean the same thing.

(Although, in both examples, it would be more common to hear stop it from blowing away or stop it from being blown away.

Stylistically, one has more of an active voice, while the other is more passive. But they are both grammatically correct.

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  • So both the active and the passive have the same meaning? – Zhang Jian Apr 24 '18 at 14:04
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    @ZhangJian Yes. Technically, both sentences use the active voice, because the overall subject is "We had to hold . . ." But I used the term to indicate that "to stop it blowing away" presents a more current, active mood (for that phrase) than does "to stop it being blown away." There is nothing wrong with either—and, here, it is only a very subtle distinction. A more common contrast (and "real" example) is "Bob killed Tom" (active) versus "Tom was killed by Bob" (passive). – Jason Bassford Apr 24 '18 at 14:21

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