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Difference between deduct and reduce #1 (permalink) Thu May 19, 2005 20:41 pm   Difference between deduct and reduce
 

Test No. incompl/advan-3 "Credit Card Holders", question 8

Credit card holders struggle very hard to ......... the amount they owe.

(a) reduce
(b) deduct
(c) curtail
(d) shorten

Test No. incompl/advan-3 "Credit Card Holders", answer 8

Credit card holders struggle very hard to reduce the amount they owe.

Correct answer: (a) reduce
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Why reduce? What difference between reduce and deduct, and when i can use all this words?
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Reduce/deduct #2 (permalink) Thu May 19, 2005 22:16 pm   Reduce/deduct
 

Reduce means to make smaller. Deduct is to take one number from another.
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Curtail #3 (permalink) Wed Nov 02, 2005 15:30 pm   Curtail
 

Please describe the use of the word "curtail" with examples.

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Curtail #4 (permalink) Wed Nov 02, 2005 16:43 pm   Curtail
 

Hi flashjet,

This word means reduce in an abstract sense. If you want to tell someone not to be too enthusiastic, you are trying to curtail their enthusiasm.

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Difference between deduct and reduce #5 (permalink) Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:57 am   Difference between deduct and reduce
 

Or for people in pain to curtail their daily activities as recommended by doctor.
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Curtail #6 (permalink) Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:25 am   Curtail
 

Or may be to describe the relief operations after a disaster as in saying "to curtail the effects of the disaster". Do correct me if I am wrong though.
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Curtail vs. curb #7 (permalink) Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:39 am   Curtail vs. curb
 

And what about the word curb? Is it similar to curtail? I understand it means hold back or restrain? Here is an example:

It's market rumors, and I can't curb market rumors.

Can also curtail rumours?
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Curb/curtail #8 (permalink) Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:25 am   Curb/curtail
 

Hi Andreana,

They both have the idea of reducing but my feeling is that curtail is more to do with shortening or putting a stop on something. I think that you could just say curtail rumours but I would be happier if you said curtail the spread of rumour. A bit vague, I'm afraid but the best I can do at the moment.

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Difference between deduct and reduce #9 (permalink) Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:09 am   Difference between deduct and reduce
 

I have heard 'curtail expenditures' quite often - I believe that too would be correct in this case.
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