I'm commenting on several data of a graphic and I have a doubt question about the preposition that comes (or doesn't) before the percentage, and whether the determiner "the" has to appear before "times/ cases..."


Further, (in) 73,83% of (the) times bloody is said...
... while only 26,16% of (the) cases is a child...
We can notice that (in) 75,6% of (the) times...

Could you please give me some guidance?

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    Note that Anglophones almost always use a period (not comma) to indicate a decimal point. – FumbleFingers Apr 26 '15 at 13:51
  • while (in) only 26,16% of (the) cases (there) is a child... – Denis de Bernardy Apr 26 '15 at 14:00
  • @Denis: I don't think you can flag up there as "optional" in this context. It would never be acceptable to write while only 26.16% of cases is a child. – FumbleFingers Apr 26 '15 at 14:03
  • @FumbleFingers: Agreed. Personally, I'd expand it entirely: while in only 26,16% of the cases there is a child. But I'm not an English native. :-) – Denis de Bernardy Apr 26 '15 at 14:09
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    It depends on what's in "...". while in only 26.16% of the cases is a child the victim. – Barmar Apr 27 '15 at 20:11

Note that whether or not the is used doesn't depend on the % symbol. It depends on the sentence, and the is used as per the normal rules.

There's a piece of land we own. 90% of the land (we're talking about) is cultivated. [The has to be used]

65% of children play computer games. [Not the children, unless it is specified which children are we talking about].

Examples are from oxford

So to know whether or not the is needed, we'll require your whole sentences with context.

Same goes for in. It is included/omitted as per the normal rules.


  • In is required
    • In most of the cases, we succeeded
    • In 70% of the cases, we succeeded
  • In is not required
    • We can notice that most of the times...
    • We can notice that 20% of the times....

Don't let the mathematical symbols confuse you. As a matter of fact, you should always write fifty percent instead of 50% .


Most of the time I do use a preposition after a percentage. Here's how I would word the examples you gave:

Further, 73.83% of the time the word "bloody" is said...

...while only 26.16% of cases

...75.6% of the time...


I would phrase this as follows: Further, in 73.83% of cases, the word bloody is said, while only 26.16% of these cases... We can see that in 75.6% of cases...

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