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How can I use “cut down on something” and “cut down something”?

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Rebecca

"Cut down on something" means "reduce", so you can use it when discussing something you are/would like to reduce intaking or doing. "Cut down something" refers to literally cutting something so that is no longer standing, like a tree. Ex: I would like to cut down on sugar, I eat too much of it. Ex: The tree outside of my apartment is getting cut down.

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