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    Fade out or Phase out

    Dear all,

    I'd like to know when I want to say the product is very old school and we are very hard to find it in the market......I should say this product has faded out or this product has phased out?

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Dear all,

    I'd like to know when I want to say the product is very old school and we are very hard to find it in the market......I should say this product has faded out or this product has phased out?


    Definitely...........


    has been phased out.


    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    What's wrong with...

    The product is fading out.


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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    What's wrong with...

    The product is fading out.

    We don't say that.

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    We don't say that.
    Could you please elaborate on it?

    Thanks

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Could you please elaborate on it?

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    The common way is to say "...is being phased out" or "...has been phased out" depending on the situation. We simply don't say "..is being faded out" or "...has been faded out".

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    Quite interesting.

    According to the free dictionary:

    fade out
    1.
    To disappear gradually.
    2. To cause to disappear gradually. Used of a cinematic or television image or of a sound.


    According to the Cambridge online dictionary:

    fade (sth) out phrasal verb
    If the picture or sound of a film or recording fades out or someone fades it out, it becomes gradually weaker.


    I found 56 entries for 'fading out' on COCA, 15 on BNC, such:

    ... I'm not fading out . I mean, I don't want to make any dramatic breaks...
    ...so I start with a wash of cadmium orange fading out from the horizon upwards.
    ... to avoid is swaying backward and forward so that you are alternately bellowing and whispering, fading out or disappearing entirely at intervals like a badly tuned radio station!


    still not ringing a bell for me.

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Quite interesting.

    According to the free dictionary:

    fade out
    1.
    To disappear gradually.
    2. To cause to disappear gradually. Used of a cinematic or television image or of a sound.


    According to the Cambridge online dictionary:

    fade (sth) out phrasal verb
    If the picture or sound of a film or recording fades out or someone fades it out, it becomes gradually weaker.


    I found 56 entries for 'fading out' on COCA, 15 on BNC, such:

    ... I'm not fading out . I mean, I don't want to make any dramatic breaks...
    ...so I start with a wash of cadmium orange fading out from the horizon upwards.
    ... to avoid is swaying backward and forward so that you are alternately bellowing and whispering, fading out or disappearing entirely at intervals like a badly tuned radio station!


    still not ringing a bell for me.
    I think bhaisahab and buggles are talking specifically about "products". That is what I am getting, relating to market products the expression "fade out" is not used, but rather "phase out". Is that so?

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    even so, the bell is not ringing on this side of the pond.

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    Re: Fade out or Phase out

    Perhaps you can say that its use has faded out, but I wouldn't say it about the product itself.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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