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    what is the difference

    Hi, there. Your help is appreciated here.
    1. You should cut down on drinking/smoking/fatty food, ect.
    2. We'd better cut down the cost.
    Both "cut down on sth" and "cut down sth" mean to reduce the amount or quantity of sth. But what is difference between them?
    3. The earth is becoming wammer, but does it matter?
    4. Remember, your contributions count.
    Both "matter" and "count" mean to be important, but what is the difference between them?
    In this sentence, which one should be used, matter or count?
    Every minute ____ in face of an emergency.
    Thank you! I am right here waiting for your answer.

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    Re: what is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post
    Hi, there. Your help is appreciated here.
    1. You should cut down on drinking/smoking/fatty food, ect.
    2. We'd better cut down the cost.
    Both "cut down on sth" and "cut down sth" mean to reduce the amount or quantity of sth. But what is difference between them?
    3. The earth is becoming wammer, but does it matter?
    4. Remember, your contributions count.
    Both "matter" and "count" mean to be important, but what is the difference between them?
    In this sentence, which one should be used, matter or count?
    Every minute ____ in face of an emergency.
    Thank you! I am right here waiting for your answer.
    Good questions! The difference is very small. Sometimes, you can use either "cut down" or "cut down on".

    Cut down on = To reduce the frequency or amount of DOING something. Usually it is structured as: "Cut down on (verb)ing"

    Cut down = To reduce the amount of something, usually a noun (object). Usually it is structured as "Cut down the (noun)"

    For example:
    The council will try to cut down the annual budget.
    Our family needs to cut down our intake of red meat.

    My dad is trying to cut down on smoking.
    Our boss is cutting down on taking breaks.

    If you have more specific examples, I could address them. I wouldn't worry though, the difference is very small.

    MATTER VS. COUNT

    "Matter" means to be of importance in a general sense.
    "Count" means to contribute or add towards a larger goal or total.

    Taking a sick day does not count against my vacation time.
    Taking a sick day doesn't matter if I get fired next week.

    Kobe's shot was too late - it didn't count.
    Kobe made the shot, but it didn't matter. The Lakers lost by 1 point anyway.

    Sometimes, you can use either one.

    Every minute matters in face of an emergency.
    Every minute counts in face of an emergency.

    Either of these is fine, but I would choose "counts". It emphasizes that total amount of time that one has in an emergency. But it is not strange to say "matters".

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    Re: what is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post
    Hi, there. Your help is appreciated here.
    1. You should cut down on drinking/smoking/fatty food, ect.
    2. We'd better cut down the cost.
    Both "cut down on sth" and "cut down sth" mean to reduce the amount or quantity of sth. But what is difference between them?
    3. The earth is becoming wammer, but does it matter?
    4. Remember, your contributions count.
    Both "matter" and "count" mean to be important, but what is the difference between them?
    In this sentence, which one should be used, matter or count?
    Every minute ____ in face of an emergency.
    Thank you! I am right here waiting for your answer.
    Could you please reduce the font size in future posts,.

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    Re: what is the difference

    Of course, I will.

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    Re: what is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by acslater017 View Post
    Good questions! The difference is very small. Sometimes, you can use either "cut down" or "cut down on".

    Cut down on = To reduce the frequency or amount of DOING something. Usually it is structured as: "Cut down on (verb)ing"

    Cut down = To reduce the amount of something, usually a noun (object). Usually it is structured as "Cut down the (noun)"

    For example:
    The council will try to cut down the annual budget.
    Our family needs to cut down our intake of red meat.

    My dad is trying to cut down on smoking.
    Our boss is cutting down on taking breaks.

    If you have more specific examples, I could address them. I wouldn't worry though, the difference is very small.
    This is a very good response; however, if you are writing about costs, I don't think you need to use down in "cut down the costs" since if you cut the costs, you are going to make them smaller.

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