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Per research collected by Northern Illinois University, lifelong bilingualism can deter the effects of natural aging. (source)

I read this in a blog and was confused by the usage of "per" in this sentence. I looked it up in the dictionary and only found that "as per" means "in accordance with". I think the author here is trying to use "per" to mean "according to", but is that correct? I've never seen anything like this before.

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I agree with your analysis. This should be "As per..." Using "per" as in that article is not in accordance with established use. Using "per" or "as per" seems unnecessary in that context, but I think the author was trying to avoid repeating "According to" from the previous sentence.

However, it is quite clear what the author means. He means "According to".

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  • I see "per ..." used as short for "as per" all the time. I myself also use it fairly frequently. – Eddie Kal Jan 7 at 0:55

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