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Which sounds better (and where do you live?) I am American, and I think "forbidden from" sounds better, although both "forbidden to" and "forbidden from" are considered standard usage.

"The banks were forbidden from making any more subprime loans." vs. "The banks were forbidden to make any more subprime loans."

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Use "to" with the infinitive verb form, "from" with a gerund.

You two are forbidden to date each other.

You two are forbidden from dating each other.

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What is the difference in meaning of those two? – Enthusiastic Student Jul 23 '14 at 7:40
    
@Robusto : No difference in meaning but only on the right form.... – DAVE Mar 10 at 10:43

In your specific example, the first one is correct.

"The banks were forbidden from making any more subprime loans."

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Rory, I disagree. If you need "from" change forbid for another verb here : ban, hinder, keep, prevent, prohibit & stop. – DAVE Mar 10 at 10:47

I read that expressions of prevention, prohibition, banning, exclusion or stopping actions take gerund-participle complements in PPs headed by from. The verbs are : ban, hinder, keep, prevent, prohibit & stop (cf. Cambridge Grammar, last ed. p. 835 in fine.)

I guess to "forbid from" could derive from such forms like : "To forbid [access] from that time/place/limit to this time/place/limit".

However it is not to forbid from (...) but to forbid to, even if in AmE you - not I - could say it.

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you wouldn't say "I forbid you from leaving," rather than "I forbid you to leave." therefore I say leave out from.

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