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Re: [Geiser-users] Corrections for Geiser/doc/repl.texi

From: Mark Harig
Subject: Re: [Geiser-users] Corrections for Geiser/doc/repl.texi
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:58:01 -0500

The hyphenation makes it clear(er) that it is [a "for each REPL"
basis], rather than [a for each "REPL basis"] (what's a "REPL
basis"?). That is, it creates a compound modifier "per REPL" that
modifies "basis," instead of letting "per" act as a modifier to the
(unintended) term "REPL basis."

To my ears, "on a per REPL basis" can only make sense if per modifies
REPL (because of the common expression "on a <> basis"),

Encyclopedia Britannica is a pretty careful writer.  Here is an example
of their usage of "per-[item] basis":

Aspects of the topic per-occurrence basis are discussed in the following places at Britannica.

That is, they have a topic called "per-occurrence basis" (for some reason), and
they hyphenated to compound modifier.


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