Yolanda Pastor
decrease in vs decrease of


I want to ask when it is used decrease in and decrease of. I don't know what preposition to use.  I looked it up on the dictionary and there are examples of both. But it is not clear to me what's the difference.

Thank you in advance.

May 22, 2018 5:24 PM
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An increase in sales

An increase in the number of sausages

An increase of 30%

An increase of 2,500 sausages.

I would use in with nouns and of with numbers and percentages.

May 22, 2018

Wow.  It's hard to describe.  Decrease IN will be correct about 95% of the time.

I hope this helps.  I'm not an English teacher; just a native who reads a lot.  (I wouldn't know a past participle if it jumped up and bit me on the ass!)

May 22, 2018