# Thread: How to demonstrate this meaning in a concise manner?

1. ## How to demonstrate this meaning in a concise manner?

Hello, I am long wondering how to demonstrate this meaning:
for example, there are four numbers, a, b, c and d, from the largest to the smallest: a, b, c, d.
How can I make my readers know this meaning without ambiguity in academic writing?
THX a lot!

2. ## Re: How to demonstrate this meaning in a concise manner?

A, the largest number, through D, the smallest.

not a teacher

3. ## Re: How to demonstrate this meaning in a concise manner?

Originally Posted by JTRiff
A, the largest number, through D, the smallest.

not a teacher
thank you. Humm..but it seems not suitable for academic writing

the value decreases monotonically from A to D?

4. ## Re: How to demonstrate this meaning in a concise manner?

Wow! Monotonically had me reaching for the dictionary.

1 Mathematics (of a function or quantity) varying in such a way that it either never decreases or never increases.
(WordReference dictionary.)

So that won't do, then.

How about 'There are four numbers - a, b, c and d, in decreasing order of magnitude.'

Rover

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