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    Hi there,

    Can I use equalise to mean that the company broke even last year?
    " the company equalised profits and losses?"
    Thank you

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    No. It might be grammatically correct, but nobody would ever use that term in the business world. You might say "The company's revenue matched its expenditure last year." But personally, I think you're better off saying that the company broke even.

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    " the company equalised profits and losses?"
    Equalise means 'to make equal what is not equal'.
    This would mean that the company manipulated the accounts.
    You can say, 'the profits of the company equal the losses' but 'to break-even' (hyphenated) is a more common term in business.

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