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    Default business is declining

    Hi,

    If I want to say that a business is getting worse. Is decline a good word there. Can I say this(I add a context):

    'John is not doing well at work. His business activity is declining. I mean his sale is declining and ... ' --> is it in order?

    Is it OK to say:
    The standards of living are declining.(?)

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    Default Re: business is declining

    Yes you can. It would be more normal to express it in the plural, as in "His business activities are declining" [and you would always talk about "sales" rather than "sale" . You could also say it as "... is/are in decline". The same goes for "Standards of living".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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