Your attitude always forestalls us from enjoying.

Does the above sentence make sense?

  • Shouldn't it be 'your attitude always forestalls us from enjoying ourselves.'?
    – J. Walker
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 18:52

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I don't think this is really a correct use of forestalls.

Forestalls means to take measures in advance to prevent something. An attitude is a disposition in the moment, so if it's attitude that is the problem, it would be strange for that to be premeditated.

I think what you want is hinders. Also, as mentioned by others, you can't end on "enjoying" as you did. I think this is what you want to say:

Your attitude hinders our enjoyment of what we are doing.

Replace "what we are doing" with the specific thing you are talking about.

  • Take measure in advance. Thanks for pointing that out
    – Rajeshwar
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 18:21

As far as forestalls is concerned, yes, but you either need to say enjoyment or add the subject of the enjoyment:

Your attitude always forestalls our enjoyment.
Your attitude always forestalls us from enjoying Monopoly.

Edit: I believe forestalls works according to this definition:

4: to exclude, hinder, or prevent by prior occupation or measures

  • Your attitude forestalls us from enjoying our time.
    – Rajeshwar
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 18:19

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