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I know that after "prevent from" we have to use a verb with "ing". My question is when we want to use two verbs, connecting with "and" to each other, should we use the ing form of both of them or just the first one? For example:

She was always plotting ways to prevent animals from starving and demise.

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She was always plotting ways to prevent animals from starving and demising.

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  • Demise is a noun, so there is no participle demising. We would say starving to death. However, in other sentences it would be usual to use two participles - The rail is there to prevent you from falling and hurting yourself. Sep 11, 2022 at 7:32
  • @KateBunting That's worth making into an answer
    – gotube
    Sep 11, 2022 at 15:10

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Demise is a noun, not a verb, so we can't make a participle (a 'verb with -ing') from it. A more natural expression would be starving to death.

(Plotting usually means planning something bad, so it would be better to use planning or trying to find.)

In answer to your question about using two verbs after prevent - yes, you need to use two participles.

The rail is there to prevent you from falling and hurting yourself.

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  • Thanks for your perfect explanation.
    – Mina
    Sep 17, 2022 at 7:33
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The important word here is "from", not "prevent". From is a preposition and the object of the preposition could be a phrase headed by gerund like "eating too much" or a noun phrase.

Now with the meaning of "prevent" it is natural to use a word that relates to an action, and so the gerund is going to be much more common. However some nouns could work in this context "prevent him from death", for example.

Now "demise" is a noun, not a verb. So "demising" isn't correct. Instead of "prevent him from demise" you would say "prevent his demise".

While it may be possible to combine "starving and demise" - you should realise that there might be a better way to express this. You can rephrase to avoid the problem.

What you actually mean is "starving to death".

She was always plotting ways to prevent animals from starving to death.

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  • Thank you a lot.
    – Mina
    Sep 17, 2022 at 7:35

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