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    According to the report, the incidence of fatal accident was 3.5 per 100,000 workers.

    Is it correct to use "per" here? (I guess not, because I usually see "per" being used before a singular noun, like "per year" or "per person".)
    If it is incorrect to use "per" here, please tell me what word I should use instead. (In? Of?)
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: per

    It is correct. In mathematical contexts like this, per is equivalent to "out of". You can express things as "per" any number: e.g. percent, out of 100, or per million, out of one million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    According to the report, the incidence of fatal accident was 3.5 per 100,000 workers.

    Is it correct to use "per" here? (I guess not, because I usually see "per" being used before a singular noun, like "per year" or "per person".)
    If it is incorrect to use "per" here, please tell me what word I should use instead. (In? Of?)
    Thank you.
    "Per" works just fine.

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    Default Re: per

    Thank you.
    How about "in", "of", and "out of" in this case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Thank you.
    How about "in", "of", and "out of" in this case?
    They are all okay.

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