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In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovative water purification method, the company required each employee to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies using an analogous purification process.

A. prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
B. prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
C. prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
D. that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
E. that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company
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24 Dec 2005, 13:21
Looks like C, since all others have dubious meanings.
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24 Dec 2005, 18:07
I would go with C.

A is wrong because prohibiting that is not right.
Each employee is singular. So them is wrong. So B and D is out.
E makes it sound that "water purification method" is being prohibited.
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25 Dec 2005, 05:44
My choice is D for the idiomatic usage of Prohibit from
Agreement That would prohibit them from the disclosure .........
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25 Dec 2005, 10:05
I think it is not D because you need a disclosing after prohibit them and not a disclosure as in D
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25 Dec 2005, 11:34
IMO A is the best
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26 Dec 2005, 22:03
I go with D, for the correct idiomatic usage of prohibiting..from
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26 Dec 2005, 22:44
I would go with D.
Reasons:
a) Correct Idiomatic use of Prohibit ... From......
b) Although "them" seems redundant but it can be used when we are not certain about the gender of a person.
For Example:

If anybody calls then tell them I am not at home.
Here anybody can be he/she so 'them' is not used here as plural rather to refer he/she.

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