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    This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost 50 percent on the year.

    Does this sound natural?

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    Re: This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    Again, it seems fine to me, though it is the graph, not the slide that shows the profit. Are you still using slides, not an overhead projector or Power Point?

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    Re: This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    Again, it seems fine to me, though it is the graph, not the slide that shows the profit. Are you still using slides, not an overhead projector or Power Point?

    Mister Micawber,

    Thank you for the response. I just wanted to know if the sentences are grammatically correct.

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    Re: This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    Grammatical correctness and semantic correctness are both required. 'Colorless green ideas sleep furiously' is perfectly grammatical but perfectly meaningless. I'd change 'slide' to 'graph' or 'chart' or whatever is actually representing the increase.

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    Re: This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    They increased by almost 50 percent on the year.

    They increased by almost 50 percent in the year.

    They increased by almost 50 percent for the year.

    Only the first is correct, isn't it?

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    Re: This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    No, it's the least appropriate. If the meaning is 'during the year', then 'during' or 'over' are the best prepositions.


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    Re: This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    Quote Originally Posted by LEXIS View Post
    They increased by almost 50 percent on the year.

    They increased by almost 50 percent in the year.

    They increased by almost 50 percent for the year.

    Only the first is correct, isn't it?
    The third one is corrrect.

    The second one is okay if you change "the" to "a".

    They increased by almost 50 percent in a year.

    Post a follow-up question if you have one.

    The first one is incorrect.

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    Re: This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost ...

    Quote Originally Posted by LEXIS View Post
    This slide shows an increase in ABC's profits. They increased by almost 50 percent on the year.

    Does this sound natural?
    I would use "over the year".

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