In terms of

The phrase in terms of is usually wordy for in or for. It works well when used to mean measured in units of or expressed by means of, but in most other cases in terms of could be shortened to a single word.

2 thoughts on “In terms of”

  1. “In terms of” is spreading like a mind virus throughout the media and more problematically throughout the education system. This, from a teacher of advanced english: “…in terms of if you want to use the prescribed text, you can!”

    It is effectively deleting and replacing an extensive list of phrases and is almost always used incorrectly. “in terms of’, as mentioned above, is a mathematical phrase, as in “express X in terms of Y” but people use it to mean a whole range of things, most commonly “on the subject of” or “in relation to” etc. We are losing all subtlety as everyone tries to sound smarter but actually end up exposing their stupidity. it just sounds pretentious on one hand and dumb on the other.

    Here is a list I have compiled of possible correct phrases to use, instead of the incorrect “in terms of”:

    with regard to
    in relation to
    from the perspective of
    from which
    in and of
    inasmuch as
    when you consider
    in connection with
    as far as
    factoring in
    taking into account
    as to
    as with
    as in
    in respect of
    with reference to
    in the matter of
    in the way of
    in and around
    to the extent that
    when it comes to
    on the basis of
    nothing (just don’t say it)


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