regulate what is right

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Hello, my friends,

I was wondering whether the underlined part is idiomatic:

"We need rules to regulate what is right or what is wrong."

Thoughts and context: I am emphasizing the importance of rules in class that could tell you what behavior is right and what is wrong.
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Not really. "Regulate" doesn't make much sense as the rules themselves don't actually do the controlling.
    Wouldn't you like to know both things, not one or the other?
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