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    Re: Cut Down + Nothing or On

    The simple answer is that "cut something down" and "cut down on something" are two different verbs with different meanings.
    You cut down trees, but you cut down on chocolate ice cream.
    You could cut down on trees if you had an addiction to planting trees.

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    Re: Cut Down + Nothing or On

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishUserUK View Post
    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.
    They are both correct.

    Phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable. See here: Phrasal Verbs

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