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Hi.

I have seen the word downsize is used for conditions that factories lay off many of their workers to have a smaller factory because of recession or other thing.

I wonder if we can use this word for graphs and plots, for instance this graph is downsized from 10cm2 to 5cm2.

Thank you very much for your help.
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Now that the word popularly means 'make a company smaller', it seems funny in your sentence about a graph. Use 'reduce'.
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Hi,

I suppoe you could say that, but the more standard term is 'reduced from 10cm2 to 5cm2'.

Clive
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Thank you very much Clive. Thank you very much Mister Micawber.
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The use of decrease instead of reduce sounds strange to me. I wonder if it is possible to use that. And if not, What is the explanation? What is the difference between reduce and decrease.

Both verbs can be both transitive and intransitive.

Thanks for your time
Hi,

Here are a couple of very general comments.

reduce - in a busines context. commonly refers to size

decrease - not so automatically associated with size. Often used with numbers. If I meant size, I'd be inclined to specify, eg He decreased the size of the graph. Still sounds a bit awkward to me.

Clive
Thanks.

I cannot justify why we say

1. reduce your speed and not decrease your speed

2. decrease the amount of water and not reduce the amount of water.

I cannot find a rule for it.

Would you please help me out?

Thanks
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Hi,

I cannot justify why we say

1. reduce your speed and not decrease your speed We can and do say both.

2. decrease the amount of water and not reduce the amount of water. Of these two, I think 'reduce' sounds a little more natural to me. But I think in most contexts, I'd probably say it a different way entirely,

eg Use less water.

I cannot find a rule for it. I'd say it's largely idiomatic.

Could you please help me out?

Clive
Much of the difference between synonyms lies only in collocation. For instance, in the US, [url=http://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%22reduce+speed+sign%22&hl=en&lr=&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&sourc... ] REDUCE SPEED[/url] is a very common road sign.
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