01. Her parents tried to [prevent] her from marrying her boyfriend, but she went ahead with the wedding anyway.
02. A snowstorm [prevented] us from going out.
03. The scientist discovered a drug which has been quite successful in [preventing] certain types of cancer.
04. Strong rain [prevented] me from going swimming yesterday.
05. Green tea supposedly helps [prevent] cancer.
06. The city usually puts restrictions on water use in the summertime in order to [prevent] shortages.
07. Fire alarms are an important part of fire [prevention] in the home.
08. Most car accidents are [preventable] if people would just be more careful.
09. AIDS is largely [preventable] if people practice safe sex.
10. There is an old proverb which states that an ounce of [prevention] is worth a pound of cure.
11. There is a Serbian proverb which observes that the glory of ancestors should not [prevent] a man from winning glory for himself.
12. Albert Einstein once observed that you cannot [prevent] and prepare for war at the same time.
13. Benjamin Franklin remarked that it is easier to [prevent] bad habits than to break them.
14. Louis Pasteur once said, "When meditating over a disease, I never think of finding a remedy for it, but instead a means of [preventing] it.
15. The polar bear is the only bear that has hair on the soles of its feet; this protects the animal's feet from the cold, and [prevents] slipping on the ice.
16. One way to minimize a hang-over is to drink a couple of glasses of water after each alcoholic drink, thereby [preventing] dehydration.
17. In 1492, Pope Innocent VIII drank the blood of three young donors thinking it would [prevent] aging, but died shortly after.
18. Studies show that the majority of bicycle head injuries could have been [prevented] had the riders worn protective helmets.
19. Wearing seat belts saves lives, and [prevents] injuries.
20. Tobacco use is the single most important [preventable] cause of death in the world.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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