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    Which is correct "per item" or "per an item"

    A colleague consistently inserts the indefinite article a or an after per. For example "per an hour," or "per a day"
    Is that correct grammar and, if so, when is that usage most acceptable?

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    Re: Which is correct "per item" or "per an item"

    NOT A TEACHER

    No, that's wrong.

    - I drink one cup of coffee per day.
    - I drink one cup of coffee a day.

    But 'I drink one cup of coffee per a day' is wrong.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 18-Oct-2012 at 17:12.

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    Re: Which is correct "per item" or "per an item"

    Tell your colleague that per means 'for each', so an article after it doesn't make sense.


    Concise Oxford English Dictionary 2008 Oxford University Press:
    per
    preposition
    • for each: 2 per square yard.


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    #4

    Re: Which is correct "per item" or "per an item"

    Yes; it's one or the other, but not both.

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