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    "control" or "restrict"

    Hi,

    "He's been acting up. We need to control / restrict his behaviors!"
    Which one is proper?

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    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    I would usually use "control" there.

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    #3

    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    I would only use 'behaviour' (AE 'behavior') in the singular.

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    #4

    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would only use 'behaviour' (AE 'behavior') in the singular.
    How so? Acting up may include more than one behavior right?

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    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    "Control his behaviours" sounds sinisterly Orwellian.

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    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    How so? Acting up may include more than one behavior right?
    That would be my take on it.

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    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Control his behaviours" sounds sinisterly Orwellian.
    It sounds parental to me.

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    #8

    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    How so? Acting up may include more than one behavior right?
    The Longman dictionary says "behaviour" is uncountable, see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/behaviour

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The Longman dictionary says "behaviour" is uncountable, see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/behaviour
    It's strange that they should get something like that so wrong.

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    #10

    Re: "control" or "restrict"

    Through the years on English forums, I have lost respect for Longman dictionaries.

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