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My father never approved _____ a foreigner.

  a. her to marry
 b. her marrying
 c. she marrying
 d. she not marry

Please answer the question with an explanation.

  • Is this a homework question? – BillJ Apr 29 at 6:36
  • No Sir, It is competitive exam's previous year question. – Rokibul Islam Rumee Apr 29 at 6:38
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Either a or b work grammatically, but b is the most idiomatic and seems correct:

My father never approved her marrying a foreigner.

"Her marrying" is the action of her getting married. It is this that the father did not approve of.

Although "My father never approved her to marry a foreigner" makes grammatical sense, it sounds like the father had to give some kind of formal approval for his daughter to marry a foreigner, which is clearly not the case if she married a foreigner anyway.

To be really fussy, I would prefer if it said "my father never approved of her marrying a foreigner", but evidently that is not an option for you.

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