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    number-wise or numbers-wise

    When the suffix "-wise" is used to mean "in terms of XXX", and if XXX is plural, is "s" necessary? For example,

    1. The report is fine number-wise.
    2. The report is fine numbers-wise.

    Which is correct? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by herbivorie; 15-Nov-2013 at 15:36. Reason: Changed the examples.

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    Re: number-wise or numbers-wise

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    When the suffix "-wise" is used to mean "in terms of XXX", and if XXX is plural, is "s" necessary? For example,

    1. The report is fine number-wise.
    2. The report is fine numbers-wise.

    Which is correct? Thank you in advance.
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    Re: number-wise or numbers-wise

    Wearing my "Grumpy" hat, I would suggest that neither example is correct. I abhor the use of "-wise" in all its burgeoning, seemingly unstoppable, transatlantic manifestations. How much better to say "So far as the numbers are concerned, the report is fine", or - even more simply - "The numbers in the report are fine"?

    Having got that off my chest, and in the certain knowledge that my opposition to this usage will not succeed, I would go with No 2.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: number-wise or numbers-wise

    So wise-wise you find it unwise?

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    Re: number-wise or numbers-wise

    I shall not grace that with a response....

    Oh, b***er! I have!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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