See also section 17 for other useful words and phrases. Example sentences starting with * indicate that the nouns or adjectives describing size of increase or decrease are in order of smallest to largest. Global GDP from seaborne trade has increased / risen to about 60 trillion US dollars (OECD 2017). The government increased / raised taxes on alcohol last year in an attempt to deter heavy drinking. * This report predicts an uptick // uptrend // upswing // upsurge // a surge / a boom in market activity. Prices have escalated since the last quarter.
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