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The Meaning of Control

19/7/17 Did you know that ‘Control’ does not mean what you think it means?

the meaning of control

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The word control is a “false friend” for people who speak many languages of European origin. In English, control generally means manage, direct, not check or inspect. Compare:
  • The crowd was too big for the police to control. (= … to keep in order.)
  • The police were checking everybody’s papers. (NOT …controlling everybody’s papers.)
  • I found the car difficult to control at high speeds.
  • I took the car to the garage and asked them to have a look at the steering. (NOT …to control the steering.)
Note, however, that the noun control is used with the meaning of “inspection point” in expressions like passport/customs control.
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