banned/barred/prohibited from fishing

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jesusguime, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. jesusguime Banned

    In America, fishermen have been banned from fishing during certain seasons.

    Is "banned" in the above equivalent to "barred" and "prohibited?" Thanks.
  2. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    Is "banned" in the above equivalent to "barred" and "prohibited?"

    Yes, but it seems a little off to my AE ear. I would say "prohibited."
  3. George French Senior Member

    English - UK
    barred "preventing entry or exit or a course of action"
    banned "prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules"
    prohibited "To forbid by authority"


    They are all similar but there is a differrent emphasis.

    "In America, fishermen have been banned/prohibited from fishing during certain seasons" is possibly what you want... It is often a question of the accepted local jargon or often simply the whim of the writer....


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