• breaking the rules (verb) = doing something that the rules say you must not do.
  • against the law (adjective) = if you do something against the law you are breaking the law. A law is a rule for a country or city.
  • rebel (verb or noun) = a person who breaks the rules because they don’t like rules or because they want to be different from other people.
  • obligation = something which you should do because of a promise you made to another person, or because someone helped you so you have to help them too. It is sometimes part of the law, but not always.
  • tighten the rules = to make the rules harder than before.
  • procedure = the things that you have to do to finish a particular task, project or action.
  • inappropriate behaviour = an action which is wrong, shocking or out of place (often involving rude jokes, sex, alcohol and other things). It is sometimes breaking the rules, but not always.
  • instructions = A set of small rules and procedures which someone tells you to follow.
  • The teacher went out of the room for ten minutes, but before she went she left strict instructions to the class that they must continue reading their books quietly.
  • The procedure to join the school library is this: you fill in a form, get your tutor to sign it, give the form to the librarian, and then come back in a week to collect your library card.
  • In my school, the rules were that kids had to wear black shoes, but some of us wore grey shoes as a way to rebel against the rules.
  • Telling racist jokes in the office is inappropriate behaviour and we cannot let you do it!
  • From next year, the government will tighten the rules on immigration. Anyone who wants to work in this country will need to have a full time job and be getting more than £23,000 per year. They must also pay their salary into a UK bank account.
  • If I ask ‘How’s you?’ then I’m breaking the rules of English grammar!
  • My uncle sent me some money for my birthday, so I feel an obligation to visit him for his birthday!
  • It’s against the law to steal cars.
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