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    "off by 10 percent"

    Hi,

    I have heard people say "the measurement is probably off by 10 percent"

    But if I want to specify it is more or less. Can I say "...........is over / under by 10 percent"?

    Or how else would you say it?

    Thank you!

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    Re: "off by 10 percent"

    I have seen something like "the accuracy is plus/minus 10 percent".

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    #3

    Re: "off by 10 percent"

    For me, both "over/under" and "plus/minus" work.

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    #4

    Re: "off by 10 percent"

    How about the measurement is out by over/under 10%?

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    #5

    Re: "off by 10 percent"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about the measurement is out by over/under 10%?
    Something might be out of tolerance or out of spec, but I wouldn't say that a measurement was "out."

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    Re: "off by 10 percent"

    Perhaps Tdol said so according to the following definition quoted from the Oxford dictionary.

    out
    ■ adv., prep.
    21 ~ (in sth) not correct or exact; wrong:
    The estimate was out by more than $100.

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    Re: "off by 10 percent"

    In AmE, it would be "off," not "out."

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    Re: "off by 10 percent"

    Either would work for me.

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