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    vkhu is offline Member
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    Default decline/fall

    Unless we change the nature of our education, we will see a decline/fall in formal skills in the working population

    The answer here is "decline". Why can't I use "fall" here? It have the same meaning as decline right?

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    Default Re: decline/fall

    Loosely, yes, a decline of standards is a fall in standards.

    However, formally physical objects fall, and abstract levels decline. Think of it this way: if a dam's sluice gates are opened, the water in the reservoir comes out through a waterfall, and the reservoir's water level declines.

    PS. Even better: a stock market decline, a waterfall.
    Last edited by abaka; 24-Jun-2012 at 15:56. Reason: added ps

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