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    Incorrect expression?

    Have recently noticed the foll. expression in the translated text : "negative increase of the delay". It seems to me incorrect to use "negative" in connection with the word "increase". Would you pls comment on that and/or suggest any better expression.

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    Re: Incorrect expression?

    Yes, it is clumsy.

    The opposite of increase is decrease.

    But maybe the writer is trying to say that the increased delay is having a negative effect on something.

    For example The increased delay in receiving the cloth would have a negative effect on the quality of the suit.


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