Basis (on a daily basis, on a regular basis, etc.)

The common phrases on a daily basis and on a regular basis are wordy for daily and regularly. The same applies to similar constructions such as on an hourly basis, on a yearly basis, and so on. Such phrases can usually be shortened to single-word adverbial equivalents.

Wordier basis-based phrases are appropriate where no one-word adjective exists, such as with on an adjusted basis and on a trial basis. But these are rare.


These instances of on a daily basis or on a regular basis could be shortened to just daily or regularly:


How much desktop software do you generally use on a daily basis? [CNN Money]

The use of gestation crates is without a doubt one of the worst offenses committed on a daily basis in factory farming. [The Dish is Veg]

Though we fall short of our ideals on a daily basis, Americans are committed to the principle of the level playing field. [Forbes]

Blood, knives and carcasses surround Tommy Estevez on a daily basis. [The Independent Florida Alligator]

And the similar constructions in these sentences could likewise be shortened to single-word equivalents:

A former Healdsburg police chief will run the Santa Rosa Junior College police department on a temporary basis [temporarily]. [KSRO]

One area we expect to do better on a relative basis [relatively] this year is the US. [Market Minder]

The subsidy has been increased on a yearly basis since 1975. [LA Times]


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  1. Daily basis sounds ridiculous. Every time I hear it I want to pull the offender aside and say,”Beg your pardon, but your ignorance is showing.”

  2. Ignacio Pasquinelli says:

    Why would you think so? It looks and is correct, at least gramatically. Do you prefer “on a day to day basis”? And why would you not say the same for “on a yearly/relative/temporary” basis? or “on a frequent basis” or so on?

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