# What percentage is equal to almost all? [closed]

If you use the term "almost all" in a sentence what percentage would you attribute to that?

Example 1: Dan at almost all of the pie. Mary had the rest.

Example 2: Almost all kids who go to college have student loans.

Just looking for expectations and an estimate. If I knew that Dan ate 90% of the pie I would just say that, but I see he at almost all of the pie but not sure the exact percentage. When I say almost all what would people think?

• A percentage is (quite) exact. "Almost all" is not exact, so there is no way to transform it to a percentage. Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 14:36
• I wouldn't. Percentages are used for precision. Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 14:36
• I am not looking for a defined percentage. I am thinking what are the expectations (estimate) when saying it. Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 14:38
• @cornbreadninja麵包忍者 - wouldn't that define "most". Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 14:40
• Although this is a language question, it is not linguistic proper, but rather philosophical. Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 14:46