Top 5 Tips: Increase and Decrease

5 Alternative Verbs to Replace 'Increase' and 'Decrease'

As you may know, the new president of America is Donald Trump.  He is easy to make fun of mainly because he uses the same words again and again and again.  Here is a short video in case you don't know what Donald Trump's favorite words are:

I've noticed a similar issue with many professionals here in Turkey.  There are two favorite words I hear all the time especially when our clients are describing charts, graphs, and data: 'increase' and 'decrease'.  I understand that these words are inside the comfort zone.  However, the problem is - just like Donald Trump - if you use the same words again and again and again, your audience will think you don't know any other words!  Check out our latest video to learn alternative and better verbs to replace 'increase' and 'decrease'.  Trust us, you'll sound a lot smarter than Donald Trump if you start to use these alternatives.

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fluctuating graph

Use the above graph to answer the following questions:

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From 1999 to 2001, the average . . .
Choose which verb best describes the graph.
From 2001 to 2002, the average . . .
Choose the verb that best describes the graph.
From 2002 to 2008, the average steadily . . .
Choose which verb best describes the graph.
In 2009, the average . . .
Choose the verb that best describes the graph.
From 2009 to 2010, the average . . .
Choose the verb that best describes the graph.
From 2010 to 2011, the average . . .
Choose the verb that best describes the graph.