Common mistake a + complain/restrain

Common Mistake: Using "a + complain/restrain" incorrectly

One common mistake that many people make is using the phrase "a + complain/restrain" incorrectly.

Let's take a closer look at the correct usage of these words:


The word "complain" is a verb that means expressing dissatisfaction or disagreement with something.

Example: She complained about the poor service at the restaurant.

Incorrect: She made a complain about the poor service at the restaurant.


The word "restrain" is also a verb, which means to hold back or prevent someone or something from doing something.

Example: The police officer restrained the suspect from escaping.

Incorrect: The police officer made a restrain on the suspect from escaping.

It's important to remember that both "complain" and "restrain" are verbs, so using the article "a" before them is incorrect. By using these words correctly, you can ensure clear and concise communication.

If you want to avoid making such mistakes, you can use the Linguix grammar checker. It is a helpful tool that can detect and correct grammar errors, including misuse of words like "complain" and "restrain".

a + complain/restrain mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    He sent his complain to the mailing list.

    He sent his complaint to the mailing list.

  • Incorrect:
    The complains are totally valid!

    The complaints are totally valid!

  • Incorrect:
    Tom's complain wasn't heard.

    Tom's complaint wasn't heard.

  • Incorrect:
    The restrain of trade doctrine is based on the two concepts of prohibiting agreements.

    The restraint of trade doctrine is based on the two concepts of prohibiting agreements.

  • Correct:
    A complaint is better than receiving no feedback at all.
  • Correct:
    Let's complain about it.
  • Correct:
    I will make her complain about it.
  • Correct:
    I'll have her restrain the conditions.
  • Correct:
    Many people in the world complain that they don't have time to read.
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