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I wrote the following sentence as a part of a my essay. However, I'm not sure how to use "obstacle" appropriately. I mean I cannot understand that is the suitable word - be or being - that "obstacle to" could be followed by. Therefore, I would really appreciate it if someone could let me know what is the most suitable word in the following sentence - be or being. In addition, please let me know if there are some websites to learn about this further.


Despite some advantages such as controlling their stress levels and persuading them to be good team members, it might act as an obstacle to be / being innovative.

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Despite some advantages such as controlling their stress levels and persuading them to be good team members, it might act as an obstacle to innovation.

What do you mean by "it"? Maybe you mean one of these:

Despite some advantages such as controlling their stress levels and persuading them to be good team members, it might stifle / suppress / discourage / inhibit / quell innovation.

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dileepa Obstacle to be or obstacle to being

In your example it's obstacle to being, but you'd do much better to reword it as suggested by A.S.

CJ

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Thank you very much for the answer. In fact, this is a part of an essay which is about the fact that parents buy excessive number of toys for their children. In the sentence, what I wanted to express by "it" was the fact that parents purchasing more than enough toys.

dileepaparents buy excessive numbers of toys for their children.

I would never have guessed that was the topic.

My sister-in-law recently picked up some of the stuffed animals in the girls' bedroom and put them in large garbage bags. There were plenty of toys of all different kinds left in the bedroom.

Is this what you mean?

Yeah. This is the question. I had to discuss both advantages and disadvantages of this trend.


Some parents buy their children a large number of toys to play with. What are the advantages and disadvantages for the child of having a large number of toys?

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