One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘you can shorten your essay without losing its balance’
make shorter, abbreviate, abridge, condense, precis, synopsize, contract, compress, reduce, lessen, shrink, decrease, diminish, cut, cut down, cut short, dock, trim, clip, crop, pare down, prune
turn up, take up
lengthen, extend, elongate
2‘the days are shortening’
get shorter, grow shorter, grow less, contract, compress, shrink
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