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  1. dpop
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    preposition

    hi
    i posted this a minute ago, but can't find the post on the list, so i appologise if it is redundant:

    i wonder how i can express correctly the following thing:
    i have a chart that displays the arithmetic mean (total value/total number) of some data, every 5 minutes.
    Is this correct?
    "Currently it shows an average of the values of payments to the number of payments over the selected period of time"

    thank you
    deedee

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    Re: preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by dpop
    hi
    i posted this a minute ago, but can't find the post on the list, so i appologise if it is redundant:

    i wonder how i can express correctly the following thing:
    i have a chart that displays the arithmetic mean (total value/total number) of some data, every 5 minutes.
    Is this correct?
    "Currently it shows an average of the values of payments to the number of payments over the selected period of time"

    thank you
    deedee
    I wouldn't use "currently", unless it has changed or will change.

    I would say: This chart shows average payment amounts over the selected period of time.

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    I wouldn't use 'selected' unless it were possible to change the five minutes.

  4. dpop
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    the chart does change every 5 minutes and it is possible to be changed after i get the response from whom i send the letter to
    again i may have written an incorrect sentence, feel free to correct me :)
    d

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I wouldn't use 'selected' unless it were possible to change the five minutes.
    Hmmm. I assumed that there was a period of time over which those five minute averages were spread. :wink:

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