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Smoking is prohibited/not allowed. Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:12:38 PM
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Smoking is prohibited.
Smoking is not allowed.

Are both statement OK? Do they have the same meaning?

Thanks.
georgew
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:14:58 PM
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Yes and yes.
TMe
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:24:14 PM

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Are both statement OK? Do they have the same meaning?

The sentences are Ok.
But the question, "Are both statement OK? Do they have the same meaning?"
requires some corrections.

It should be

Are both the statements OK? Do those have the same meaning? IMO





I am a layman.
thar
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:43:14 PM

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'Prohibited' is stronger, more absolute, than 'not allowed'. Although the meaning is the same, the tone is stronger with 'prohibit'.




In a sentence, you would use the verb, as you have.

But on a sign with no further information you just want the vital words, and nothing else, so a sign would probably just say:

SMOKING PROHIBITED


Information on paper would say "Smoking is prohibited in the building except in designated areas" or whatever you want.


But more common is

NO SMOKING
Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018 2:05:36 PM
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Thanks to both of you.
BobShilling
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018 5:53:41 PM
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TMe wrote:

But the question, "Are both statement OK? Do they have the same meaning?" requires some corrections.

It should be

Are both the statements OK? Do those have the same meaning? IMO



I see no need for the definite article in the first sentence. 'Those' sounds unnatural to me in the second. 'They' is fine.
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