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# In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovative water purifi

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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

Originally posted by chandru42 on 21 Sep 2009, 16:33.
Last edited by Bunuel on 12 Sep 2018, 04:28, edited 3 times in total.
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prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies ---- The use of the command subjunctive is not idiomatic when used with prohibit. (according to Ron)

prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company --- them -a plural is wrong to denote the singular each employee

prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company --- right choice

that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies— them - is again a problem

that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company--- prohibit cannot be coupled with an infinitive – to be disclosed -

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22 Sep 2009, 17:21
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This is an idiom..Always use Prohibit from
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23 Sep 2009, 11:08
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This is an idiom..Always use Prohibit from

Idioms can have more than one form.
I think the correct answer choice here is C

(A) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
The subjunctive mode is not correct in these case, since this is not a suggestion or request.

(B) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
them has no antecedent

(C) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
nothing wrong with this one

(D) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
them has no antecedent

(E) that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company

the conditional would is incorrect in this case. I think that prohibit X is better than prohibit X to be Y
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28 May 2010, 04:09
[quote="abcd1"]In an attempt to guarantee the security of its innovation 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

1) prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies awkward
2) prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
3) prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company nice and clear
4) that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
5) that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company no need to point out future in the past
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01 Jun 2011, 08:09
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B and D are rules out as the two have "them" while the sentence has 'each' which is singular. For E "a company" implies just one company. So E is out. Between A and C, C seems less wordy and awkward.
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17 Jun 2011, 02:40
In D there is no antecedent for them as each employee becomes singular
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17 Jun 2011, 03:01
toughmat wrote:
In D there is no antecedent for them as each employee becomes singular

Good point. We should not choose a statement just because it has a correct idiom usage.

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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.

prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies
I don't know how can I eliminate this. Maybe just because it is wordier than C and indirect too.
prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company
pronoun doesn't agree in number
prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company
agreement is prohibiting disclosure of company's water purification methods. Succinct and conveys the intended meaning. Correct.
that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies
pronoun doesn't agree in number
that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company
There is sense of uncertainty in this sentence.
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19 Dec 2015, 09:47
The phrase "prohibit sb from" should be followed by present participle.
Why is the answer c correct ? Because it is "prohibit something", the "to" modifies the disclosure, not to go with prohibit. Moreover, the disclosing sounds a little awkward
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19 Dec 2015, 19:43
The idiom is 'prohibit x from'; being a transitive verb, it takes an object immediately after. It would be ok, if it was 'prohibit X', where X could be any person, phenomenon or object pronouns such as him, her or them. B is wrong because the plural 'them' doesn't tally with the singular employee.

In C, the agreement is prohibiting a phenomenon namely 'disclosure'. Hence, it is correct.
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prohibiting that its water purification methods be disclosed to companies ---- The use of the command subjunctive is not idiomatic when used with prohibit. (according to Ron)

prohibiting them from the disclosing of its water purification methods to any company --- them -a plural is wrong to denote the singular each employee

prohibiting disclosure of its water purification methods to any company --- right choice

that would prohibit them from disclosure of its water purification methods to companies— them - is again a problem

that would prohibit its water purification methods to be disclosed to a company--- prohibit cannot be coupled with an infinitive – to be disclosed -

So no "to be" when we are using prohibit ? I do not understand why we consider A wrong
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