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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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I thought that prohibit was followed up with "from" whereas forbid was followed up with "to"


When you say "prohibit from", the correct form of the idiom is -

"prohibit someone/something from something"

For example -
The court ordered the Bureau of Immigration to prohibit the accused from leaving the country.

Another way in which "prohibit" can be used is "prohibit something"

For example -
Kuwait was the only nation to prohibit the entry of Syrian nationals prior to Trump's executive action
Reddit's rules strictly prohibit revealing anybody's private personal information (Note here that "revealing ..." is a noun).

Let us look at the answer options -

Option A - Incorrect.
"prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies" - Note that "prohibit" does not take the command subjunctive.

Option B - Incorrect.
"them" is incorrect. "each employee" is singular.

Option C - Correct.
This uses the second form of the idiom - "prohibit X"
X = the noun phrase "disclosure of its water purification methods to any company"

Option D - Incorrect.
"that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies"

"them" is incorrect as "each employee" requires a singular pronoun.
"prohibit X from doing Y" is the correct idiom. "disclosing" should be used instead of "disclosure".
"would prohibit" - uses future in the past form "would". Implies that prohibition occurs some time after "signing". Illogical. Employees are prohibited from disclosing information as soon as they sign the agreement.

Option E - Incorrect.
Note that "prohibit + infinitive (to + Verb)" is not idiomatic.
"that would prohibit" is incorrect.

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C. prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
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confused between 'C' and 'D'.. D has 'prohibit from' and also the clause after 'that' makes it more clear.. although 'D' is more wordy and 'C' is precise... on the test day I will go with 'D'
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confused between 'C' and 'D'.. D has 'prohibit from' and also the clause after 'that' makes it more clear.. although 'D' is more wordy and 'C' is precise... on the test day I will go with 'D'


I do agree with you completely. But THEM in D is redundant and moreover you will need a participle (disclosing) rathar than a noun (the disclosure).

The correct idiom should be

Prohibiting X from doing Z
or forbid x to do Z.

This sentence does not follow any rule.

C is ok. C indicates that prohibiting is done by agreement
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it's (D) for me. The word 'other' is missing in B, C, and E. it should read '...any other company'.

meanwhile, which does ETS prefer?
probibit from or prohibit to?
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i looked at the choices again. D seems to make more sense.

prohibit is a transitive verb.
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What does THEM refer to in D..

I would take D if it were to say HIM OR HER instead of THEM
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New post 11 Aug 2005, 16:27
it should be C. D has a pronoun error it is quite unclear to what 'them' refers to the company or each employee.
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What does THEM refer to in D..

I would take D if it were to say HIM OR HER instead of THEM


correct Rite/kayser. I overlooked the 'them'.......obviously can't be (D).
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Can somebody point out error in A? Is that not right use oof subjunctive?
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A changes the meaning of the sentence. It seems to indicate that water purification methods be disclosed to companies using a tool called an analogous purification process.

There is no sense of ORDER, ADVISE in this sentence. Its an agreement that need to prohibit employee from disclosing the details...
So, can not use subjunctive under agreement..
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I can't see C as being right.

Prohibit from sounds better, therefore, only B and D can be correct?
Them must also be used to identify "Who".
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OA is C.
My problem here is that I had always thought that prohibit from was the idiom.
Could anybody clarify?
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agreed PROHIBIT FROM is a right Idiom, BUT B and D - that uses the mentioned idiom has an agreement problem, Each Employee is singular and cannot have a plural pronoun THEM
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agreed PROHIBIT FROM is a right Idiom, BUT B and D - that uses the mentioned idiom has an agreement problem, Each Employee is singular and cannot have a plural pronoun THEM


ok, that rules out B and D.

And why C is better than A or E?
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I would say D for the sole reason that it is the only correct looking sentence which refers to 'them' i.e. the employees....C doesn't refer to the employees at all
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New post 29 Jul 2010, 03:58
My take on the problem. Although I marked my answer as D, but later realised mistakes in it

A. prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies - That placement is wrong. prohibiting what is not clear from 'that'?
B. prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company. Subject after comma is company and 'them' pointer is not correct

C. prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company - correct

D. that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies. 'them' problem
E. that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company. "would...to be"
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(A) "prohibiting that X be Y......" is unidiomatic
(E) "prohibit X to be Y " is unidiomatic

prohibit X, where X is a noun (disclosure) is correct
or
prohibit person from.....doing something..

Hence C
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(A) "prohibiting that X be Y......" is unidiomatic
(E) "prohibit X to be Y " is unidiomatic

prohibit X, where X is a noun (disclosure) is correct
or
prohibit person from.....doing something..

Hence C


Are you sure?
I have seen other posts arguing that "X PROHIBITS THAT Y BE Z" is idiomatic.
Please anybody clarify this.
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