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    Gone down

    Hi guys,

    Can we say "My weight has gone down by two kgs"?

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    #2

    Re: Gone down

    It is okay to say that, but it is not the best way to express it. "Gone down" does not pack a very hard punch. It's better to say 'decreased' instead.
    My weight has decreased by two kgs.

    The reason decreased seems better is that it is more specific. 'Gone down' can refer to some people who have gone down to the basement, but the word 'decrease' is exactly right for your purpose.

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    Re: Gone down

    I don't agree. "Gone down" is simpler and can pack just as much a punch. "Decreased" is more formal sounding.

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    Re: Gone down

    "Gone down" uses two very good Anglo-Saxon words. Some people assume that a Latinate word must be superior better. Sometimes it is, but not by default.

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    Re: Gone down

    Much more natural is "I've lost two kilos". Everyone will know you're talking about weight. In the UK, the automatic understanding isn't so automatic. If I say "I've lost four pounds", I could be referring to my weight or to money. Most people would assume I meant weight, though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Gone down

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Much more natural is "I've lost two kilos". Everyone will know you're talking about weight. In the UK, the automatic understanding isn't so automatic. If I say "I've lost four pounds", I could be referring to my weight or to money. Most people would assume I meant weight, though.
    That's probably why you use "stone" as a measure of weight.

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    Re: Gone down

    Stones and pounds. But if I've lost less than fourteen pounds (one stone), I wouldn't be able to express that weight loss in stones. Unless I start saying "I've lost two-sevenths of a stone".

    In my experience there are three ways of expressing body weight:

    In the UK, it's stones and pounds. I weight ten stone four.
    In the US, it's pounds. I weigh 144 pounds.
    In lots of other places, it's kilos. I weigh sixty-five kilos.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Gone down

    That's about 286 millistone.

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    #9

    Re: Gone down

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't agree. "Gone down" is simpler and can pack just as much a punch. "Decreased" is more formal sounding.
    Now that you mention it, I don't agree either. "Gone" and "Down" are both associated with serious ideas, sometimes involving loss. So they really do 'pack a hard punch' -- and they even sound great together, one big syllable each and a similar sound. I'm glad you made me notice the heavy, serious feeling carried by this little phrase! And I'll probably use it in some stuff I write.
    The word 'decreased' came to mind because I thought it might be helpful for English language learners thinking about how to express 'gone down'.

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