I'm curious about the right way to say the rising of living cost, because usually I will use:

  1. The problem of living cost increasing
  2. The living cost increasing problem
  3. The increasing of living cost

but I have read some article, most of the authors are using "rising cost of living" instead of "living cost increasing". Thus, can I know the right way to express the living cost is increasing (in formal writing)? Is it fine to say "the problem of living cost increasing"?

  • You can check different Google ngrams, but these illustrate that "rising cost of living" is far more idiomatic (ie commonly used) than "rising living cost". It's not helpful to think 'but both seem equally grammatical'; English ... Dec 17, 2019 at 11:28
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    is often idiosyncratic, and not going with the crowd marks you out as an outsider, and people will evaluate what you say accordingly. 1 - 3 above sound unnatural. Dec 17, 2019 at 11:30
  • It needs to be "Living costs". Example: "The problem of living costs increasing" I'd write an answer, but I don't really know the reason why it needs to be that way. I just know as a native speaker that "living cost" without the "s" sounds very unnatural.
    – windblade
    Dec 20, 2019 at 7:10


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