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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #129109: Vocabulary: increasing or decreasing...
    > Other English exercises on the same topics: Idioms | Quantities [Change theme]
    > Similar tests: - Placement test 1 - Countable or Uncountable? - Some / Any / Much / Many - Some and any - Adverbs of degree - Quantifiers: some, any, no - Countables and uncountables - Few/Little/Less
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    Vocabulary: increasing or decreasing...

    After studying how to express QUANTITIES, it may be necessary to revise the 

    variations of these quantities and the terms used to be precise when speaking... 





       Will prices increase, or decrease?                                      Here, the value of the $ is soaring


     To increase by/ to raise by 
     To increase by/ to rise by/ to go up by                                                                        
     A 5% increase in capital/ price


        Decreasing the costs... Increasing the revenues...                                     Increase of job offers... 


     To reduce something by/ to bring sth down by/ To cut sth by                                    

     To reduce by/ to decrease by                              

     To diminish by/ to decrease by/ To fall by/ to drop by 

     a reduction in expenses/ a cut in expenses 

     a decrease in supplies/ a diminution in supplies 




     A lack of / a scarcity of/  A shortage of/                          **                                        
     To lack something 
     I am 5 points short 
     rare/ scarce (food, labour)/ sparse (vegetation)
     rarely/ seldom/  scarcely/ barely/   




    **  WHAT CAN WE LACK??  So many different things! 

    (To lack something. To have a lack of something) 

                     Lack of motivation               Lack of clarity
                    Lack of experience                 Lack of housing
                    Lack of money                  Lack of education



     A surplus of (noun) /  surplus  (adjective)
     an excess of 
     an abundance of (noun)/ plentiful/ abundant (adjectives)                            
     abundant food / food in plenty                          




     A profusion of => in profusion                                                                     
     a multitude of                                                    
     superfluous/ excessive 



                An empty room                                                                        A full basket/ an empty basket

     Empty/  To empty                                                                                       
     Full/ To fill


    You're now ready for the test! Go for it and thanks for working with me! 



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    1. 'Sorry, Mike! Your scores are to enter this group directly. You’ll have to start training from the beginning again.'

    2. The items in this shop are 15%. This is a real bargain.

    3. The area is suffering from a rain or most of the crops will be threatened.

    4. Inflation has now two-digits in many countries of Europe.

    5. A few weeks ago crickets invaded the district and ruined the coming harvest.

    6. 'Sorry boy, you don’t have money to pay for this cake…But you can have a smaller one…'

    7. His parents help him when he tells them he’s broke…

    8. 'Can you Marge’s glass while she’s taking care of the baby’s food, please?'

    9. The cost of living has 4 % in six months… I don’t know when it will stop…

    10. 'Lucy, I have found a chocolate bun under your bed… That’s disgusting and I won’t bear it.'

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