V to n

I.2 The 'increase' and 'decrease' group

These verbs indicate that a quantity, level, or thing increases or decreases. The prepositional phrase indicates the final quantity or level.
The noun group following the preposition to is always an amount. This pattern is V to amount.
We are pushing for interest rates to come down to 0.5 per cent.
The death rate has decreased to an estimated two deaths every three minutes.
By 1970, unemployment in Wales had fallen to 33,000.
The number of people injured has increased to almost a thousand, according to the country's radio station.
  • balloon
  • build
  • climb
  • decline
  • decrease
  • dip
  • dive
  • drop
  • explode
  • fall
  • increase
  • jump
  • mushroom
  • plummet
  • plunge
  • rise
  • shrink
  • sink
  • slide
  • slip
  • slump
  • soar
  • surge
  • swell
  • tumble
  • widen
  • build up
  • come down
  • creep up
  • go down
  • go up
  • shoot up
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