RE: use of "per"

Subject: RE: use of "per"
From: "Michael West" <mike -dot- west -at- oz -dot- quest -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 12:58:40 +1100

> Mike W wrote:
> >MS MoS suggests that "per" should only be used in a
> >"statistical or technical context."
> >
> >I have this sentence in my document:
> >
> >The formal review of this plan should take place a
> >minimum of once per year.
> >
> >Am I using "per" correctly?

Dick wrote:

> Mike,
> I hate to admit agreeing with MoS, but in this case I do.
> "...minimum of once a year" works better for me.

To which I would add:

While I don't mind admitting to agreeing with either
Microsoft or Dick Margulis, I think "at least once a
year" sounds much more natural and less psuedo-
statistical than "a minimum of once per year."

Michael West

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