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]

4 thoughts on “Basis (on a daily basis, on a regular basis, etc.)”

  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. 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?

      • Agreed. I side with Will Strunk’s dictum on these matters: “Omit unnecessary words.” “Daily” is more than sufficient. It is elegant and efficient. “On a daily basis” smacks of puffery.

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