Prohibit and forbid: what’s the difference?
Prohibit and forbid: the same meaning, but . . .
Prohibit and forbid have the same meaning, but we use them differently.
prohibit + from
forbid + to
- Children are forbidden to chew gum at school.
- The dissident was forbidden to leave China.
- Prisoners are prohibited from smoking in their cells.
- The restaurant is prohibited from selling or serving alcoholic beverages to customers for one month.
From + -ing
Don’t forget that from is a preposition, so a verb directly following it must be in the –ing form:
- from doing, from having, from going, etc.
We often say that something is forbidden or prohibited:
- talking during exams is forbidden
- smoking is prohibited.
The advantage of using this form is that you don’t need to worry about from and to.