1 He hampered/hindered my studying English yesterday.

2 He hampered/hindered me in studying English yesterday.

3 He hampered/hindered me to study English yesterday.

I think 1 is OK 2 might be OK 3 must be WRONG. Do you agree?

  • 1
    Was #3 written by an Australian?
    – Apollyon
    Jul 31, 2019 at 3:00
  • No, my fantasy.
    – user1425
    Jul 31, 2019 at 3:01
  • 1
    Just FYI, they don't mean exactly the same thing. Hamper is specifically relating to hindering movement or progress, whereas hinder can just be used wherever something/someone is is stopping anything happen. It's a very subtle difference but when it doubt hinder is more general.
    – Gamora
    Jul 31, 2019 at 11:00

1 Answer 1


To me, the verb hamper is rather less common, and means specifically to hinder a physical activity, probably not intentionally. So I would not use hamper there.

Even hinder is a bit literary: I think most people would say "He made it hard for me to study yesterday", or "he stopped me studying"; or be more specific, eg "He got in the way" or "He distracted me".

Grammatically, 1 and 2 are both fine, but 1 is a bit stilted nowadays.

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