01. The doctor is a well-known [authority] on tropical diseases.
02. [Authorities] now believe the murderer may not have acted alone.
03. He has a very [authoritative] way of speaking, but he doesn't really know what he is talking about.
04. He is a well-known [authority] on the language used by bees to communicate the location of food.
05. We don't have the [authority] to kick kids out of school unless they have been especially violent.
06. The police action was [authorized] by the mayor himself.
07. Prior [authorization] is required before the police can enter a house to look for drugs.
08. There is a Yugoslavian proverb which states that if you wish to know what a man is, place him in [authority].
09. A. J. Ayer once observed that no moral system can rest solely on [authority].
10. Before Galileo's time, scholars tried to resolve questions of science by referring to [authority].
11. I'm not allowed to [authorize] any purchases. You'll have to talk to my boss.
12. The island of Greenland came under Denmark's [authority] in the early 1800s.
13. In September 2004, Congress prepared to vote on a resolution [authorizing] President George W. Bush to wage war in Iraq.
14. In Vietnam, the husband and father is the head of the household and he has the final [authority] in all family matters.
15. Studies show that women are much less likely than men to occupy positions of [authority] at work.
16. In 1942, Japanese-Canadians were branded 'enemy aliens' by the highest [authority] in the land.
17. In Great Britain alone, more than 2.7 million live animal experiments were [authorized] in 2002.
18. Democratic government is based on the consent of the governed and represents an attempt to make [authority] accountable to the people.
19. For many years, the people of Chile were forced to endure a strongly [authoritarian] military rule.
20. President George Washington [authorized] the minting of the first U.S. coins in 1792.
21. In July of 1536, the [authority] of the Pope was declared void in England by an act of Parliament.
22. Turkmenistan continues to suffer under the rule of its [authoritarian] ex-Communist regime.
23. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that the will of the people shall be the basis of the [authority] of government.
24. The Koran states that men have [authority] over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them.
25. Studies show that people with highly [authoritarian] attitudes tend to be more prejudiced against others than the general population.
26. In the thirteenth century, the church was seen as the supreme [authority], not only in regards to faith and morals, but also in intellectual and political affairs.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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