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be prohibited from

To write clearly and concisely, avoid legal or administrative jargon. Instead of the expression be prohibited from, use may not or must not.

  • Jargon: The employees are prohibited from smoking outside the entrance.
  • Plain: The employees may not smoke outside the entrance.
  • Jargon: Travellers are prohibited from bringing plants across the border without a certificate.
  • Plain: Travellers must not bring plants across the border without a certificate.