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Do you confuse these words? Let's practice!

if you say "decrease" it means that the action is happening byitself. If you say "reduce" there has to be the doer of the action. 

e.g. In summer the number of road accidents usually decreases

      The city managed to reduce the number of road accidents by building new roads.


Fill in the gaps with REDUCE OR DECREASE in the correct form. 

1. The unemployment level has ______________. 

2. The government managed to ____________ the unemployment level.

3. I've ________ the amount of chocolate I eat. 

4. Unfortunaly, my academic performance has _______ this year.


Can you give your own examples to show the difference between these two verbs?

Feb 20, 2015 8:28 AM
Comments · 25

Thank you Su.Ki., MoiraWendy and Saj, this makes English easier. I appologize for being wrong and I am glad that I had to do some research to come to realise that there is no difference between these two verbs. It was worth all the trouble!

February 20, 2015

Reduce can be intransitive. There is nothing wrong with saying 'The unemployment rate has reduced'.

February 20, 2015

I've noticed PAYPAL  invites people to DECREASE their credit limit....  "How can I decrease my credit limit"


Believe me, it is not going to happen by itself! The person must decrease/reduce it themselves!


Dasha, do you feel that PayPal should ask people to REDUCE their limits? Do you feel they are using the wrong word?





February 20, 2015

Hello Saj, I am trying to decrease the amount of carb I eat. I could use the verb 'reduce' here, of course. But I see nothing wrong with 'decrease' !  The government want us to decrease some things and increase others.

February 20, 2015

Please enlighten me about the following example:


(decrease something) People should decrease the amount of fat they eat.

February 20, 2015
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