how can you stop the rain from falling down

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by danieden, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. danieden New Member


    Can anyone help me with the following questions "How can you stop the rain from falling down?" and "How can you stop the sun from shining?".

    I don't understand the meaning to " the rain from falling down" and "the sun from shining".

    how should I translate the word "from" ??
  2. Quique Alfaro

    Quique Alfaro Senior Member

    Santa Fe, Argentina

    ¿Acaso alguien podría detener la caída de la lluvia? ¿O impedir que brille el sol?
  3. Biffo Senior Member

    English - England
    In this case 'stop' is being used in the sense of 'prevent'.

    The verb 'to prevent' normally takes 'from', e.g.

    The teacher prevented the student from running in the corridor.

    I was prevented from entering the building.

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