Oops, watch out. You might be erroneously using at par with when you actually mean on a par with.

On (a) par with: equal in importance or quality to or on an equal level with something or someone.

  • The new version of the software is on a par with the old one. [= is as good as the old one]
  • This home cooking is on a par with the best in the world.
  • His new book is on par with his best sellers.

At par: referring to the original value of a share in a company. Use at par only when referring to company shares.

  • Redeem the shares at par.
  • A bond selling at par is priced at 100% of face value.

Above par: better than is usual or expected.

  • Our meal was above par.

Below/under par: worse than is usual or expected.

  • Poor nutrition can leave you feeling below par.

Up to par: at an expected or usual level or quality.

  • His course work is not up to par.
  • She’s not feeling up to par.

Par for the course: what is normal or expected in any given circumstances: given the high standards of the food, the prices seem par for the course.

Sources: The New Oxford American Dictionary, Learner’s Dictionary, Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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5 thoughts on “On a par with

  1. Oh yes, been erroneously using “at par” with when I actually mean “on a par with” since forever. It just doesn’t sound right… “on a par with the original.” Thanks for the correction!

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