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  1. Newbie
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    how to use Per se appropriately?

    I go online and search Per se means "by itself" but I have no idea how to use it.

    any example?

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    #2

    Re: how to use Per se appropriately?

    'Per se' meaning 'by itself' or 'on its own', is used after a noun.

    Hard work per se does not guarantee success in business, one should also have foresight and entrepreneurship.

    not a teacher

  2. BobK's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: how to use Per se appropriately?

    In my view, the most appropriate way to use per se is rarely if ever!

    It's interesting that the word "ampersand" uses it: Online Etymology Dictionary . The /n/ of "and" assimilates to the /p/ of per and becomes a wriiten "m".

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