Today’s word of the day exercise is
This is a word that can be used to talk about numbers and is roughly the same as total in meaning. This makes it particularly useful for academic task 1 when you need to deal with figures because very often you need to calculate the total amounts.
You should though be a little careful about using this word in general writing as it is not that common and is used mostly in industry and finance. If in doubt, use total – there is nothing wrong with plain and simple English.
Forms of the word
Using the word
amount/level/value: The aggregate amount that all countries spend on imported foodstuffs — will surpass 1 trillion dollars again this year, for the fifth year in a row.
demand/supply/production: There has been a big drop in aggregate demand for mobile phones.
in aggregate: Profits remain slender in most cases, but margins are improving in aggregate. [Margin is almost exactly the same in meaning as profit – indeed sometimes you talk about a profit margin]
on aggregate: Crystal Palace lost the semi-final 4-3 on aggregate.