We use the adjective 'forbidden' for a thing that we must not use. Can a person be forbidden for a thing? Like, can we say:

People abiding by law are forbidden for jails.

Does this sentence make sense? Please note that here 'forbidden for' refers to "protected from".

Secondly, See: My doctor has forbidden me sugar.

Subject+ forbid+ indirect obj+ direct obj

Here: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/forbid

So, what about this:

Law forbids jail those people who abide by rules.

Subject+ forbid+ indirect obj+ direct obj


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No, you can't use forbidden for to mean protected from. Your sentence sounds as though you think law-abiding people would like to go to jail if they were not forbidden to do so!

My doctor has forbidden me sugar really means ...forbidden me from consuming sugar.

Your second sentence implies that 'jail' has an active desire to imprison people. You could possibly say The law forbids the justice system from imprisoning law-abiding people.

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