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    alleviate ozone depletion

    Hello.

    Can I use the verb "alleviate" with respect to ozone layer depletion?

    Is this correct and natural?

    If we buy an ozone-friendly refrigerator, we can help alleviate the ozone layer depletion.

    If this doesn't work, how can I express the idea?

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    Re: alleviate ozone depletion

    What about this?

    If we buy an ozone-friendly refrigerator, we will help alleviate the ozone layer depletion.

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    #3

    Re: alleviate ozone depletion

    I guess you mean you want to reduce it (the depletion).
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    #4

    Re: alleviate ozone depletion

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Hello.

    Can I use the verb "alleviate" with respect to ozone layer depletion?

    Is this correct and natural?

    If we buy an ozone-friendly refrigerator, we can help alleviate the ozone layer depletion.

    If this doesn't work, how can I express the idea?
    It's almost right. Use either:

    - alleviate the ozone layer's depletion. (Here, ozone is an adjective modifying the noun layer's.)

    - alleviate ozone layer depletion. (Here, ozone layer is a pair of adjectives modifying depletion.)
    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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