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Hi

It is somewhat common in Indian English to confuse these two.

Die down -- Die out

Could you please tell me how you find these?

  1. The noise died down soon
  2. The noise died out soon.

Or

  1. It's a tradition that's dying down.
  2. It's a tradition that's dying out.

Thanks,

Tom

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Mr. TomThe noise died down soon.

I think I want "soon died down", but yes. The noise became less after a short time.

Mr. TomThe noise died out soon.

No, with the same change. To die out is to dwindle and cease all in one. That would not happen soon because it happens over time and then has a termination. You could say that the noise soon stopped, but its dying takes some time. I'm not explaining this very well. It's like saying that the torpedoed ship soon sank to the bottom of the sea. It's a matter of sense.

Mr. TomIt's a tradition that's dying down.

No. Only noise or bad things die down, and only things that have continuity, like pain or controversy.

Mr. TomIt's a tradition that's dying out.

Yes, but "out" is not needed.