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Please show me which is correct:

1. Nobody can prevent our getting married.

2. Nobody can prevent our marriage.

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Both.

I'd also say, "Nobody can prevent us from getting married".
Somehow I sensed sth inappropriate in sentence "2"

It's as if that "marriage" could be damaged, destroyed, or broken, rather than be "prevented". But I'm not sure. I'd like to read the teachers' responses.
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MapleSomehow I sensed sth inappropriate in sentence "2"

It's as if that "marriage" could be damaged, destroyed, or broken, rather than be "prevented". But I'm not sure. I'd like to read the teachers' responses.

Maple,

Both sentences sounded off to me. Prevent and avoid are very similar verbs which can be interchangeable in certain context but not always. I see it like this. If my guess is correct, what you meant was “Nobody can avoid getting married”. Prevent is not the right word to use in reference to marriage.

We can say “we have to drive carefully to prevent from accidents”.

to avoid accidents.

You can say “ To prevent from being a victim of crime, avoid walking alone in unlighted area at night”.

BTW, [our ] is not needed in the context. Hope this helps you!
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What does "sound off" mean?

The Dict. says: (informal, disapproving) to express your opinions loudly or in an aggressive way.Emotion: rolleyes
Sound [a little off] Off - as not on the right track.

He sounded a little upset - Unhappy

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Also:
to sound off=to sound off tune, to sound out of tune
Prevent a marriage seems correct according to these writers:

Pride and Prejudice by Austen, Jane - Chapter 57
of her resolution to prevent their marriage, it occurred to Elizabeth that she must meditate an application to her nephew; ...


Lady Susan by Austen, Jane - Chapter 12
motives, take all possible pains to prevent his marriage with Catherine. My years and increasing infirmities make me very desirous of seeing you ...


The Hand of Ethelberta by Hardy, Thomas - Chapter 46
'You did not come to prevent my marriage?' 'We wished to see you before the marriage--I can't say more.' 'I thought you might not approve of what I had done ...


The American by James, Henry - Chapter 14
"Does 'every one' wish to prevent my marriage?" "I am afraid of already having said too much," Mrs. Bread replied. "I won't take it back, but I won't say ...


Marie by Haggard, H. Rider - Chapter 9
"Ja, ja, I promise that then I will do nothing to prevent your marriage," answered Marais eagerly, like one who has suddenly seen some ...


The Black Arrow by Stevenson, Robert Louis - Chapter 23
Craven to prevent this marriage; and, Master Dick, ye know the way of him--do so he will!" "Nay, then," returned Dick, with composure, "you and I, my poor ...
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