English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am having a hard time with wording of a simple agreement (just as an exercise, not a real thing, of course).

I am trying to express that for each hour the person spends on some task, he will get $10. To be specific, if a person spends 1 hour and 1 minute on the task, he will get $20 in total.

Is there a single adjective I can use to write something like "For each my-adjective-here hour spent on the task, you will get $10"?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

I doubt there is an adjective that could fit there, but you may write this as

For each hour or part thereof spent on the task, you will get $10.

share|improve this answer
Thank you! Although not an adjective, it still fits into the text seamlessly - and that is what I am looking for. – Nikola Anusev Jul 22 '12 at 19:37
The term I have most often heard is "...or fraction thereof..." – BillyNair Jul 22 '12 at 22:57

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.