I was wondering if someone could help me with this: Whether the sentence pattern "rein in ... rather than feed it" is a universal sentence pattern, which can describe everthing that you want someone to stop doing? For example, we should rein in the activity of children swearing in school rather than feed it.. Can I put everything someone should stop doing in the place of "..."? Or if you can give me better sentence pattern or any advice I would highly appreciate it!!!
I understand it perfectly but it's not a standard common construction. "Rein in" doesn't always mean to stop something completely.
I also don't think that "rein in" particularly fits with "feed" if you're talking about almost opposites.
Starve vs feed
Rein in vs encourage
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