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.


I am doing my best to refrain from smoking. 

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


My wife restrains me from smoking by hiding my cigarettes.




  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!

RSS feed for comments on this post · TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply to Minecraft Guide Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: