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    Smile cut/reduce/deduct my allowance

    If I don't keep my room clean, my parents will cut/reduce/deduct my allowance.




    Do all of the word do the trick in the above sample? If not, what are the alternatives? Thanks.

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    Re: cut/reduce/deduct my allowance

    Deduct doesn't work here. To use deduct you would have to say something like:

    If I don't keep my room clean, my parents will deduct $5 from my allowance.

    This could mean on just one occasion. The others (in British English at least) seem to suggest that your allowance would be cut/reduced on a permanent basis.

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    Smile Re: cut/reduce/deduct my allowance

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    Deduct doesn't work here. To use deduct you would have to say something like:

    If I don't keep my room clean, my parents will deduct $5 from my allowance.

    This could mean on just one occasion. The others (in British English at least) seem to suggest that your allowance would be cut/reduced on a permanent basis.
    Thanks, Horsa, for the clear reply.
    By the way, I'm very curious about the way you use "on just one occasion." Could I say "in just one situation; under just one condition" instead?

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    Re: cut/reduce/deduct my allowance

    No, neither would work in the context of my sentence.

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