I just heard it on radio, but I am pretty sure that "on the average" is incorrect.

On the average, the prices for cars will increase by 2 494$ if the tariffs against auto imports is implemented.

  • Do you mean 'the price of a car'? Feb 23, 2019 at 15:37

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This is a point of difference between English dialects. I think most dialects used for formal registers would not use the there, at least not in the formal register. However, if we are talking about an informal register, there are dialects where this is common. As tends to happen, this also means that, in some dialects, it is gradually becoming more acceptable in more formal registers.

  • Collins Dictionary says that "on the average" is idiomatic for "usually, typically". Feb 23, 2019 at 15:12
  • Perhaps in some dialects... it's also used for an actual average, in my experience, in some. Maybe the same ones, I don't know. The quote in the OP sounds like it's referring to an actual average to me.
    – SamBC
    Feb 23, 2019 at 15:16
  • Definitely not standard, but hardly unheard of.
    – SamBC
    Feb 23, 2019 at 15:30

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