The following is a reader submission.
The argument is whether dwindle makes sense on the following sentence:
Mrs. Jones, please dwindle down the invitation list.
Both sides of the argument agree that dwindle makes sense in the following sentence:
His finances dwindled down due to his overspending.
We arenâ€™t looking for what sounds best, but whether it is grammatically correct. Please offer an explanation along with your answer.
This has become a major office debate, please help.
Unfortunately, you’re on the wrong side of the debate. Both usages are correct. :)
I consulted five dictionaries, and they all say the verb “to dwindle” can actually be both transitive (i.e. Dwindle the invitation list) and intransitive (i.e. His finances dwindled).
I should point out that accompanying “dwindle” with “down” is redundant since “dwindle’ means a reduction, which “down” implies.
I hope that helps, and sorry it wasn’t in your favour.
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