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    Question "...level of selling subsided..."?

    Hi,
    Can the level of selling subside? I thought subside would only be used for bad conditions or negative ideas.


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    Re: "...level of selling subsided..."?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    Can the level of selling subside? I thought subside would only be used for bad conditions or negative ideas.
    Things that subside become calmer or reduced. Very often things that become calmer are negative, but it does not have to be so. A higher than normal level of selling could subside, in my opinion.

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    Re: "...level of selling subsided..."?

    In AmE - there isn't really a requirement that the thing decreasing be 'negative' to be able to use the word subside.


    One could talk of the pain subsiding ... becoming less painful - positive.
    One could also talk of the joy subsiding ... becoming more sad - negative.

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    Re: "...level of selling subsided..."?

    In AmE - there isn't really a requirement that the thing decreasing be 'negative' to be able to use the word subside.
    It's the same in BrE.

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