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    Hello,

    Do native speakers use 'ascending' and 'descending' to talk about figures and values, e.g. prices, working hours, sales?
    Does 'ascending office hours" make any sense?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: ascending, descending

    Yes, for things like prices. No, for "office hours."

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    Default Re: ascending, descending

    I wouldn't use it for prices.

    ps (later) in 2,332 COCA citations for 'ascend-/s/ing/ed', 'price(s)' did not appear once.
    Last edited by 5jj; 09-May-2012 at 12:11. Reason: ps added

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    Default Re: ascending, descending

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello,

    Do native speakers use 'ascending' and 'descending' to talk about figures and values, e.g. prices, working hours, sales? I would use "increasing" and "decreasing". I would use "ascending/descending" for a physical entity.

    Does 'ascending office hours" make any sense? Sense? Maybe, depends on context and the listener/reader. Common/usual? No. Thank you.
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    Thank you all!

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