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    Question thrifty/economical

    Hello

    I don't use much water to save money. The same I do with gas/electricity and so on. Now I'd like to say that I don't use much water/gas/electricity:

    1. I am economical with/about water and gas.
    2. I am thrifty with/about water and gas.
    3. I use water and gas economically/thriftily.

    Which one shall I choose? Are all 3 wrong?


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    Re: thrifty/economical

    More simply: "I conserve water, gas, and electricity."

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    Re: thrifty/economical

    Thank you. But out of curiosity, what about my 3 sentences above? They are unnatural/good/formal/all wrong?

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    Re: thrifty/economical

    They could all use some help.

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    Re: thrifty/economical

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They could all use some help.
    May I know what that means?

    You could also say: I go easy on water, gas, and electricity.

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    Re: thrifty/economical

    I'd use with in the first two. I wouldn't use the third; it's not wrong, though thriftily is less likely. However, something like conserve sounds much more natural.

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    Re: thrifty/economical

    'economize on
    to reduce the amount of money, time, goods etc that you use.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/economize

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