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    Default Is the word "randomise" used properly here?

    1) 80 patients were randomly assigned to four groups.
    2) 80 patients were randomised to four groups.

    If the usage is okay, which one is better? 1 or 2?

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    Default Re: Is the word "randomise" used properly here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    1) 80 patients were randomly assigned to four groups.
    2) 80 patients were randomised to four groups.

    If the usage is okay, which one is better? 1 or 2?
    No, it's not. Only #1 is OK.

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    Default Re: Is the word "randomise" used properly here?

    What was 'randomised' was the overall trial, not the participants. The collocation 'randomised trial' is very strong. These two -
    1 RANDOMISED TRIALS 27
    2 RANDOMISED TRIAL 21
    ...
    are way out in front of alternatives in BNC. With a total of 48, they account for nearly half of BNC's hits for 'randomised + <any noun>. Also prominent are 'randomised study/-ies', which come respectively 3rd and 5th. Adding these two, the total would come to 68 - comfortably more than half.

    The preference is even clearer in COCA:
    1 RANDOMIZED TRIALS 75
    2 RANDOMIZED TRIAL 72
    3 RANDOMISED TRIALS 49
    4 RANDOMISED TRIAL 35
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    Default Re: Is the word "randomise" used properly here?

    Off-topic, but ...

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