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    Red face Estimation vs Estimate

    I am a brazilian working in India. I have seen people in my office using estimation in the following context:
    "After completing the estimation of the project, the budget will be firmed."
    Is that correct? Or should the word have been replaced by estimate?

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    Re: Estimation vs Estimate

    Quote Originally Posted by marcos guimaraes View Post
    I am a brazilian working in India. I have seen people in my office using estimation in the following context:
    "After completing the estimation of the project, the budget will be firmed."
    Is that correct? Or should the word have been replaced by estimate?
    Should have is a strong way of putting it. If the project is a small one (what a builder might refer to as a 'job'), the right word is 'estimate' - the noun (with a schwa in the third syllable). But estimation is the process of estimating (the basis of which is 'estimate' - the verb (with no schwa), so Indian English (of which I know next to nothing) might accept 'completing the estimation of the project' as an elided form of '...estimation [phase]' - the phase during which one produces estimates..

    I'm saying nothing about that use of 'firm'.

    b

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