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In the first sentence, the term ‘per year’ is placed within the sentence and in the second sentence, at the end.

Which pattern is correct and which one is wrong?

  1. The business purchases about 24 tons of hosiery waste as raw material per year from different suppliers located mainly in Dhaka district.

  2. The business purchases about 20 tons of raw materials from different suppliers located mainly in Dhaka district per year.

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  • I don't have enough evidence to give a fully-fledged answer, but the first definitely sounds more natural and less confusing.
    – VTH
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 11:23
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    Neither is to my liking, I'd place it where it rightly belongs. "The business purchases about 20 tons per year of raw materials from different suppliers located mainly in Dhaka district." It also depends on the broader context and the flow of narrative.
    – Kris
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 11:23
  • You might find more help somewhere such as English Language Leaners. Since you're here, both examples are fairly clear but “- 24 tons - of hosiery waste - as raw material - ” puts too much strain the average reader’s brain. Try, for instance, “Per year, the business purchases…” or “The business purchases about 24 tons pre year…” Commented Sep 2, 2018 at 23:12
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    Putting it right at the end is confusing because it makes you think there are "suppliers in Dhaka per year" (which doesn't really mean anything).
    – user323578
    Commented Apr 28, 2019 at 12:04

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The context uses measure units, so I'd combine it as '24 tons per year' (= 24 t/year):

The business purchases about 24 tons per year of hosiery waste as raw material from different suppliers located mainly in Dhaka district.

The less formal version '24 tons of hosiery waste per year' would also be OK unless it wouldn't come into conflict with the expressed here idea of purchasing waste as raw material.

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    The general idea is to try to keep the amount and period as close together as is reasonably possible.
    – Barmar
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 3:05

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