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    Ascendancy & Descendancy

    Dear all,

    I checked dictionary and to my surprise, I found that ascendancy does not mean "the state of increasing" and the word descendacy " the state of decreasing.." does not exist.

    So, may I know if there exist words that can replace them?

    Thank you,

    sampahmel

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    Re: Ascendancy & Descendancy

    If you are using these terms in mathematical order, then you use the term,
    Ascending order(increasing order) or descending order(decreasing order).

    Kindly give refence in detail, otherwise it is very difficult to go for further explanation.

    P.S. : I am not a teacher of English, just someone who loves the language.


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    Re: Ascendancy & Descendancy

    Thank you for you reply.

    What I am trying to say is "inflation rates' [ascendancy] and the employment rates' [descendancy] have been afflicting the people."

    What are the correct words to replace {ascendancy and descendancy}?

    ascending trend and descending trend?

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    Re: Ascendancy & Descendancy

    In the above context you would simply write the increasing inlation rate and descreasing employment opportunities.
    Ascending and descending is used in a series or some kind of order.
    Inflation is a cyclical phenomenon and it is appropriate to write increasing rate of inflation.
    Employment is an opportunity provided by the economy and it is referred by the actual estimated number of employment generated. Usually Unemployment ratio is calculated for the work force within the age of working age.

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    Re: Ascendancy & Descendancy

    I dislike long words used just for their own sake. And unnecessary use of abstract nouns (like 'use' - ) hinders communication. I'd just say 'People have been caught between rising inflation [rates ?] and falling employment [rates ?]' . (Perhaps you do need 'rates' - I'm not sure.)

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