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    #1

    and hour or per hour?

    Can I use "an hour" in "20 miles an hour" to indicate speed? Or is it always "per" unit of time to express speed?

    Another thing - wages/salary. I understand both "per" and "an" are acceptable here i.e. we can say, "She is earning 2 pounds per/an hour". Am I right?

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    Re: and hour or per hour?

    NOT A TEACHER

    As far as I know, "per" and "a(n)" used like that are interchangeable and therefore the answer is yes to both of your questions. For what it's worth, "per" sounds a little more formal to me.
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    #3

    Re: and hour or per hour?

    Yes, you can use either "per" or "an" in these uses. "An" is easier to say in phrases like "miles an hour."

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    #4

    Re: and hour or per hour?

    Speed limits are sometimes posted with the number followed by MPH (miles per hour.)

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    #5

    Re: and hour or per hour?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Speed limits are sometimes posted with the number followed by MPH (miles per hour.)
    Do you mean speed limits on traffic signs?
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    Re: and hour or per hour?

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Do you mean speed limits on traffic signs?
    I think that is what he meant but, in the UK, I don't think I've ever seen an actual speed limit sign on any road which says MPH after the number.
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    #7

    Re: and hour or per hour?



    You see it on yellow "caution" type signs, but not normally on white speed limit signs.


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    #8

    Re: and hour or per hour?

    Here's the British version/.


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    Re: and hour or per hour?

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