Writing Tips 3


This is a mistake I see in documents that try to sound formal.

The rule: use “per,” not “as per.”

  • “Per” means “according to.”
  • “As per” is a pretensiousism. We don’t say “as according to.” Never say this unless you want to sound pretentious.


  • “Carry out the instructions per the manual” means “follow the instructions according to the manual.”
  • Sometimes “as” means “as if.” In other words, “only pretending.” Do you want to say “Follow the instructions as if you were following the manual”? I don’t think so.

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