We use this phrase to announce some voting-like results:

1 million and counting

This is for something which we expect to increase in the future, but what phrase can we use for something that will decrease in the future, like time,

For example, for the phrase 50 days are left,

50 days and reverse counting

Is this the phrase to use, or is there any other term or phrase that can be used?


You could still use counting if it's clear which direction you are actually counting in.

How long do you have left to retirement?
Down to fifty days and counting.

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You can use and counting if the direction in which you count is clear from your context.

Otherwise, you can use counting down.

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You could also use decreasing

50 days and decreasing

de·crease (dĭ-krēs′) To grow or cause to grow gradually less or smaller, as in number, amount, or intensity.

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The number of remaining days is 50 and falling.

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You could use decending

Decending: "move or fall downwards."

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    Not really appropriate, even if you'd spelt it correctly. – Tim Lymington Apr 24 '14 at 11:36
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    What @Tim said (but I have to say it shows real chutspah to misspell a link to a dictionary definition! :) – FumbleFingers Apr 24 '14 at 12:37


50 days and declining?

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For passage of time in particular, you can say "and ticking" using a clock as a metaphor.

30 seconds to detonation and ticking!

Another phrasing for counting down is T-minus, attributed to NASA.

T-minus 50 days and counting.

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I think, Countdown can be used.

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    How could it be used? I'd like to see you try to incorporate that into a sentence. – TRiG Apr 25 '14 at 9:00

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