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    #1

    fall off

    Hi,

    I want to use the following phrasal verb in a sentence.

    Fall off = to decrease in quality or quantity

    Is "Food we stored had started falling off" correct?

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    Re: fall off

    It doesn't work for me.

    Sales fell off after prices went up.

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    #3

    Re: fall off

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    "Food we stored had started falling off"

    If you mean that the food went bad/rotten, then: "Food we had stored started going off".

    You can say, for example: "This shop used to sell good fruit, but the quality has fallen off in recent times".

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    #4

    Re: fall off

    I assumed the intended meaning was that they were running low.

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    #5

    Re: fall off

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I assumed the intended meaning was that they were running low.
    You're probably right, but as the OP included "quality" in the definition, I was just showing how "fall off" might be used in that context.
    Last edited by JMurray; 28-Jul-2014 at 04:41.

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    Re: fall off

    Not good. You're talking about a single supply of food, and as the word decrease suggests, when you use "falling off," you're comparing supplies over a period of time: Last year we stored a lot of food, but we stored less this year. The supply has fallen off.

    Better:

    - The food we stored is running low.
    - We're running out of food.
    - We've been using up the food we stored.
    - We're eating up our food supply.

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