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Set expression

Postby Maxfirat » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:56 am


Which fixed expression below is standard in modern British English (mostly often used)?

(a) on an average
(b) on the average
(c) on average

Looking through some old English Grammar books, including "A concise English Grammar for Foreign Students" by C.E.Eckersley I encountered the expression on an average. (2-edition, 1958, p.14)
In both Longman Dictionary of Contemprorary English and Cambridge Dictionaries Online only on average is given.
So, is (a) incorrect or archaic?
What about (b)?

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Re: Set expression

Postby Alan » Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:12 am

C is normal; B is rare nowadays.
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