Can I say: "My debt remained by ten dollars" after paying some part of my debt? I mean can I use "by" in this structure as is the case with the structure "increase by"?

2 Answers 2


No, that sounds unnatural.

You could say any of the following instead:

My debt remained at ten dollar.
Ten dollars of my debt (remained / was remaining).
The remainder of my debt was ten dollars.
All but ten dollars of my debt (had been / was) paid.

  • Thanks. But I could not understood why “ by “ can not be used here. Couldn’t “ by “be used in the meaning of “as much as “. Nov 14, 2018 at 10:09
  • Because as far as I know “ by “ can be used to show degree or amount of something. Nov 14, 2018 at 10:34
  • @Foreignstudent You could say my debt was reduced by ten dollars but that would not mean the same thing. That would indicate an amount taken away—not the amount that is left over. Nov 14, 2018 at 14:21

'My debt is/was still due by 10 dollars.' sounds more appropriate or 'I still owed him/her/them 10 dollars'.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .