I have a question about the phrasal verb 'cut down'.
Why do we sometimes say cut down + the thing being cut down and other times use the preposition 'on'?
Cut down trees/ cut down chocolate intake/ cut down noise/ cut down a person/ cut down the salary.
Cut down on speed/ cut down on calories/ cut down on drinking (alcohol)/ cut down on the time allowed.
I must say that I am quite confused.
Thanks guys! :)
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Thanks Mike! :)
(Are you sure about trees though? Aren't 'I cut trees down for a living' and 'I cut down trees for a living' are both correct?)
Do you know of any rules that can be applied to this situation?
I tried Google, but couldn't find anything relevant.