01. Grace grabbed her friend by the arm to [restrain] him after someone tried to start a fight with him in the bar.
02. Police had to [restrain] the victim's family members when the suspect was brought into court.
03. It was hard for her to [restrain] her emotions when she saw her sister for the first time in 20 years.
04. The governor wants to put [restraints] on public service workers' right to strike.
05. I want you to use some [restraint] when you talk to your boss about your concerns.
06. The government has put wage [restraints] on workers in the public sector.
07. An Australian psychiatrist once said that with attractive women, juries sometimes have to be [restrained] from handing them a medal for their crimes.
08. Myriam Beard once said that one must learn, if one is to see the beauty in Japan, to like an extraordinarily [restrained] and delicate loveliness.
09. Our dog hates the mailman, and has to be [restrained] every time he comes to the door.
10. Three guards were needed to [restrain] the prisoner after he attacked a fellow inmate.
11. The leader of the army has tried to [restrain] his men from committing attacks on those who surrender.
12. Attempts by the Samoan government to develop a larger and broader economy are [restrained] by the island nation's remote location.
13. The Opposition has been [unrestrained] in its criticism of the government's economic policy.
14. The President's visit was greeted with [unrestrained] enthusiasm.
15. The police had to use a lot of [restraint] in dealing with the demonstrators in order to avoid having the protest turn into a riot.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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