Per Usual – Meaning & Usage (10+ EXAMPLES)

Knowing about common sayings and phrases in any language is a great way to improve your understanding and make you feel like one of the locals! Today, we’ll look at “per usual” as a saying in English and what it means, as well as how we can use it ourselves. You’ll be amazed at how far a little thing like understanding a saying can help you out.

What is the meaning of “Per usual”?

The meaning of “per usual” is that things are going how they would usually expect to go. So, if something has a standard way of running (like a school schedule or normal working business hours), then it’s appropriate to say that they’re working “per usual.” It’s also used synonymously with the word “similarly.” It’s not the most common variation of the saying, but we’ll get to that in just a little bit.

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What is the difference between “As per usual” and “Per usual”?

The more common way to use the saying is actually “as per usual.” The inclusion of the word “as” before the rest of the saying really helps people understand it. It also makes it flow a lot better in a sentence, so people tend to be more comfortable using it to “per usual.” They both have similar meanings, though “as per usual” is used informally in businesses to mean that something is being done the same way it always is.

If you were to look for the differences between the two words, you wouldn’t find all that many. In fact, they’re very similar phrases. However, “per usual” is considered more formal and more widely accepted in business-like settings. If you’re using “as per usual,” you can still use it in a business, but it’s generally less acceptable and depends entirely on your employers and whether they accept it.

5 examples of how to use “Per usual.”

Now that we’ve covered the differences between the two sayings, it’s time to look at how we might write them. We find the easiest way to learn about any new sayings is to look at them in some example sentences. With these sentences, you’ll see how “per usual” is written and what context it carries. You’ll see whether the tone is right for you and if you can get away with saying it yourself. It’s the easiest way to pick up on new language ideas.

  • The meeting starts at the same time every day, per usual for the business rules.
  • Per usual, you were late to start work again. We need a serious talk.
  • The manager arrived early, per usual for his punctuality.
  • Per usual, you can’t find any good help around here.
  • Per usual, I expect your response within twenty-four hours.

You can see that in each of these cases, we’re using a lot more informal talk. You’ll rarely see the phrase “per usual” used in any other manner. It’s also synonymous with the similar phrase “as usual.” All of these sentence examples can be replaced with “as usual” and still make perfect sense.

5 examples of how to use “As per usual.”

We’ll move on to “as per usual” now to see how we might use this one in a setting. This one is more informal, and you can use it with your friends just as easily as you can with your coworkers or employers. It’s still not the most common saying in the world, but you’ll see that the tone of these examples is much softer and more friendly than the tone of the sentences above.

  • As per usual, I can’t find my house keys.
  • As per usual, mowing the lawn has been put off for too long.
  • The meeting has been postponed for a day, as per usual.
  • As per usual, we can’t find a suitable replacement for this employee.
  • As per usual, I don’t get on with my mother-in-law and her puppy.

You can see how these example sentences vary. Some show the informal nature of losing house keys or meeting in-laws, while others show the formal nature of postponing a business meeting. Both work just fine with the saying “as per usual,” but it’s slightly more common to see this one in informal settings.

Alternatives to “Per usual.”

If you’re still undecided about using the phrase “per usual,” there’s one final thing you can try. You can look for replacements and alternatives. There are always some for you to look for. That’s the beauty of the English language. If you don’t like one word or saying, you can always look for a different way to say it and still convey the same meaning. It’s made even better when these examples don’t come with the same confusion or difficulties writing them.

  • Generally

This is an informal way to sum up, the similarities of something happening the same way every time.

  • Ordinarily

This is a more specific way to replace the phrase than “generally.” It’s still considered quite informal, though it is capable of being used in formal settings.

  • Similarly

This is a standard replacement for “per usual” if you’re unsure whether it works in the tone.

  • As always

Another great replacement that uses two words to make the saying. However, this time, there is no “per always” that might cause you confusion.

  • Typically

The last example is again quite informal and should only be used in more informal settings. It’s good for writing outside of businesses, though.

Quiz: Have you mastered “Per usual” and “As per usual” grammar?

We’ve covered all we can for the “per usual” saying, and it’s time to put together everything we’ve learned. We’ve created a quick quiz for you to see if you’ve been paying attention! See if you can get all the answers right!

  1. (A. per usual / B. as per usual), I need to cut my hair and left it to grow too long.
  2. (A. per usual / B. as per usual), your request for a post-order has been moved up.
  3. I can’t find anything good to eat, (A. per usual / B. as per usual).
  4. The meeting was on time, (A. per usual / B. as per usual) for the manager.
  5. I ate chicken and rice, (A. per usual / B. as per usual).

Quiz answers

  1. B
  2. A
  3. B
  4. A
  5. B