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02 / 06 / 2005

RISE vs. FALL: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we are going to look at synonyms for yesterday's Daily Vitamin words: increase and decrease. RISE It means: to increase. We usually use this verb to indicate that a specific amount (quantity) or number of something is increasing. To say how much something has increased (with a specific amount), we use the preposition by. This word can also be used as a noun. Example 1: Unemployment in this country is steadily (constantamente) rising. The latest information states that the unemployment rate has risen by 2.5 percent this year. Example 2: There has been a rise in the number of women politicians over the last five years. FALL It means: to decrease. It is the opposite of rise, but we use it in the same way. Example 3: The number of people living in the country fell significantly in the last century. Example 4: The fall in the price of textiles, due to imports from China, is worrying the European textile industry. Tomorrow we will look at some other synonyms for increase and decrease. If you have any questions about today's words, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a great day!