to cut down on sth

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 0 comments

to cut down on sth

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 0 comments

This micro-dictation contains the phrasal verb 'to cut down on something'.

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

This micro-dictation contains the phrasal verb 'to cut down on something'.

 

Do you know the meaning of this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand? Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: North American

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if you the coffee you drink.

About the sentence

to cut down on sth

to cut down on something = to reduce something

We often use this phrasal verb to talk about reducing something which we think we should do less often (e.g. going out for expensive meals), or consume less of (e.g. crisps).


This is an example of a second conditional: If + past, would + verb. We use the second conditional to talk about the unreal or hypothetical present.

This means that in this example, it is very unlikely or impossible that the person will cut down on the amount of coffee they drink.

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  • Is there anything that you think you should cut down on?

  • Have you ever tried to cut down on something? Were you successful or did you fail?

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