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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    fluctuate? come and go?

    *In the third quarter, ASC monthly profit increased steadily to £20,000 and remained stable, while BM monthly profit comes and goes between just over £60,000 and £40,000.

    Can you say this instead of "fluctuate" for frequent change? Or is there a suitable replacement?
    comes and goes

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    #2

    Re: fluctuate? come and go?

    No.

    You can say "varies" or "goes up and down."

    "Comes and goes" roughly means "arrives and leaves."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: fluctuate? come and go?

    In the quoted sentence, fluctuates would be a better choice than comes and goes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: fluctuate? come and go?

    I think 'fluctuated' would be even better.
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