Grammar Patterns

N on n

The 'ban' group

These nouns refer to actions which are intended to stop, control, or restrict something.
Cancer charities attacked the Government for blocking a European ban on tobacco advertising.
More than 870 dangerous vehicles have been ordered off the road as a result of a blitz on defective cars.
Police started a big crackdown on tax dodgers this week which could involve big fines and even imprisonment.
Opposition parties called for stricter curbs on pollution.
He asserted that the government isn't committed to a war on drugs.
With most of these nouns, the preposition on is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause.
Restrictions on travelling to and trading with mainland China have been loosened.
  • ban
  • blitz
  • boycott
  • clampdown
  • controls
  • crackdown
  • curb
  • embargo
  • freeze
  • limit
  • limitation
  • moratorium
  • prohibition
  • restraint
  • restriction
  • sanction
  • squeeze
  • stricture
  • war
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