Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Rule"

The meaning of "Rule" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does rule out mean?
A: To eliminate something.
Based on experience or on reasoning.
Q: What does rule out 26 mean?
A: To "rule something out" means to eliminate it or cross it off the list of possibilities. For example:

Which word fits in this sentence:
Jane has ______ read a book in her life.
a) always
b) never
c) whistle

If you don't know the right answer, you can rule out the wrong answers.
"Jane has always read a book in her life" doesn't make any sense, so you can rule out "always".
"Jane has whistle a book in her life doesn't make any sense at all; you can't whistle a book. So you can rule out "whistle".
So the answer must be (b) "never". "Jane has never read a book in her life." That's the only one that makes sense and we have ruled out "always" and "whistle".
Q: What does " rule of thumb " mean?
A: Rule of thumb means: a broadly accurate guide or principle, based on experience or practice rather than theory.
Q: What does bend the rules mean?
A: "break the rules" = to disobey the rules completely.

"bend the rules" - to disobey only slightly
Q: What does as a rule of thumb mean?
A: A "rule of thumb" is not a real rule, it's just a guideline that's good to remember.

Example sentences using "Rule"

Q: Please show me example sentences with A rule of thumb .
A: It's a rule of thumb around here that you only get what you give.

"Rule of thumb" is a short phrase that tells you some common wisdom or simple rules to live by.
Q: Please show me example sentences with rule of thumb.
A: “As a rule of thumb we always wash our hands before eating”
“Dinner before dessert is a rule of thumb”
“As a rule of thumb I always pack my bag before having breakfast”

A “rule of thumb” is a repeated practice that doesn’t necessarily have any theoretical reasoning.
Q: Please show me example sentences with rule of thumb.
A: Absolutely! I know all of my examples were about fishing but you could of course use it in other situations.

By definition, a rule of thumb is a broadly accurate guide or principle.
Q: Please show me example sentences with as a rule.
A: no problem !

let's say we're talking about a first job interview. "As a rule, you should always arrive early to your first job interview."

usually you would say it to a person who is new at something, as an advice for example.

let's say we're talking about, a racing game like mario kart. "As a rule, take as many shortcuts as you can, it will help you get ahead of your opponents"

hope it helps 😊
Q: Please show me example sentences with rule of thumb .
A: As a rule of thumb, I add 2 sugars in my tea

Going by the rule of thumb, it would take me 3 hours to finish my homework

As a rule of thumb, we meet on Saturdays

As a rule of thumb, we avoid that area of town

Synonyms of "Rule" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between rule and regulation and policy ?
A: Rules are a set of guidelines that one must follow as a way of keeping order. Regulation is a type of rule, but that normally is enforced by a form of authority, while a rule can be established by individuals or groups. A policy is more of a type of principle, rather than a rule, is more of an enforced guideline, usually enforcing or encouraging prudence.
"The rules are clear about walking around campus pass certain hours"
"The local sheriff is very strict about regulating this year's hunting season, people started hunting outside of county boundaries"
"We have a strict policy of financial integrity, a policy you have broken by inflating your numbers, I am afraid we have to let you go, clean your desk by noon".
Q: What is the difference between is there any rule for sorting? and are there any rules for sorting? ?
A: Any means “任何一个”, so the first one is better. Example: Is there any volunteer? Is there anybody who wants to answer this question?
Q: What is the difference between they oppose the rule and they are opposed to the rule ?
A: "oppose" is present tense - so they could be against the rule currently
"opposed" is past tense - it's something they did in the past
Q: What is the difference between live up to rules and adhere to rules ?
A: Adhere to rules=규칙을 지키다. Live up to the rules= 자기의 인생은 규칙에 올라가요. (미안, 설명 잘 못 해요).
Q: What is the difference between comply with rules and abide by rules and obey rules ?
A: @sidney: yes I think the y are so common in wrting and in formal situations.

For informal situations I would use 'to stick to the rules' or simply 'follow te rules'

Translations of "Rule"

Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? why is "explain to you" but "ask you" without "to" is there any rule?
A: As a native speaker, it just sounds right and makes sense to me, so there isn't a rule (that I know of)
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? rule
A: Check the question to view the answer
Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? There are certain rules to be followed by all pupils and teachers at school. These rules make the life at school pleasant and comfortable for everyone involved. For example, you should prepare for the lessons, doing you homework in advance
A: it's good. Only change "doing" in "do"
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? I can't to travel abroad alone because it's rules in my family
could you please correct the above sentence for me
A: "I can't travel abroad by myself, because my family won't let me." Hopefully this is what you were looking for :)
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? rule and role (pronunciation)

Other questions about "Rule"

Q: Hey,

I don't think there is a grammatical rule, or something like that, but I've been wondering why in English you sometimes omit articles before countable nouns[chance, choice, and so on] after the preposition "of".

A game of chance.
The palace of chance.
Architectures of chance.

A game of choice.
The something of choice.

I can't think of better examples right now, but as you can see, even though the nouns are countable and in the singular forms, there are no articles after the preposition "of".

There is one more example I can think of
"Dawn is the time of day when the Sun rises."

Any tips or explanations?
(If you know other singular countable words that take no article after prepositions, feel free to post them.)

A: Great question! I had to do some research.

Those few nouns in your examples are tricky because they can be countable or uncountable depending on their usage. The omission of articles doesn't always have to occur after "of"; sentences with the omission can be phrased differently.

1) Chance
Countable: You have three chances.
Uncountable: A game of chance. / I won by chance.
(More examples and definitions here:

2) Choice
Countable: You have three choices.
Uncountable: I have no choice. / I don't have much choice.

3) Day
Countable: There are seven days in a week.
Uncountable: Time of day / All day long.

More examples:

• Benefit
Studying everyday is of benefit to us. / It is to our benefit to study everyday.

• Reason
I have reason to believe him.

• Room
There is room for improvement.

• Time
Do you have time to do this?
Q: According to the rule of our company, there is no meeting without the purpose of it. Does this sound natural?
A: Yes with pleasure
Q: You have so many rules here. It's really difficult to live in your house. You are so picky about things. Does this sound natural?
A: "your house" could be "this house" since you are complaining about the rules the person made it can often be assumed that the person is also the owner.
Q: According to the rules, you need to pay fine. Does this sound natural?
A: Maybe say, "according to the rules, you need to pay the/a fine".
Q: What does "A good rule of thumb" mean?
A: A "rule of thumb" is like an important rule to use something. For example, a rule of thumb for using an oven is not to touch the outside when it is on because it is hot!

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