Refrain and restrain

Refrain and restrain

THE verbs “refrain” and “restrain” look similar, sound similar and

– this is where the trap lies

– have a similar meaning.

“refrain” does not take an object and denotes a voluntary action. “Refrain” is an intransitive verb which does not have an object.

Example:

I am doing my best to refrain from smoking. 

 while “restrain” is a transitive verb which has an object and is usually involuntary.

Example:

My wife restrains me from smoking by hiding my cigarettes.

 

 

2 Comments »

  1. Minecraft Guide said

    It’s interesting to see this point of view. I can’t say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.

  2. Monica Miller said

    Right on! Thank you!

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