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    On average/on the average/on an average

    On average/on the average/on an average---Are these three phrases interchangeable in usage? Thank you.

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    Re: On average/on the average/on an average

    Not for me- if you have an article, you should usually have a noun with it- on an average day, etc.

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    Re: On average/on the average/on an average

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Not for me- if you have an article, you should usually have a noun with it- on an average day, etc.
    Thank you. I have searched online and a few native speakers share the same view as yours. But one dictionary seems to say: on the average=on an average and can be used independently to mean 'usually':


    Average | Definition of Average at Dictionary.com:


    —Idiom 15.on the or an average, usually; typically: She can read 50 pages an hour, on the average.

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    Re: On average/on the average/on an average

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thank you. I have searched online and a few native speakers share the same view as yours. But one dictionary seems to say: on the average=on an average and can be used independently to mean 'usually':


    Average | Definition of Average at Dictionary.com:


    —Idiom 15.on the or an average, usually; typically: She can read 50 pages an hour, on the average.
    Where I come from, we say "on average" in this context - on average.

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    Re: On average/on the average/on an average

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Where I come from, we say "on average" in this context - on average.
    Thank you. I have searched on line and found 'on average' is indeed more frequently adopted than 'on the average' and 'on an average'.


    I assume 'on an average' is quite AE:
    http://askville.amazon.com/average-cost-replace-broken-LCD-screen-digital-camera/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=2641803
    "On an average how much would it cost to replace a broken LCD screen on a digital camera ?"



    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/On_an_average_how_much_does_each_team_make_for_win ning_or_losing_the_Super_Bowl
    On an average how much does each team make for winning or losing the Super Bowl?

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