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I need to refer to predictions I made that were not a 100% success, but a 90+% success.

I first wrote "with some success" but a native english speaker (I am not) reviewed it and told me "some success" did not sound very successful.

How I express the results were good enough for me to be completely satisfied by them without being perfect, and not sound to be bragging about it?

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  • What's wrong with "with over 90% success rate"? Oct 29, 2015 at 8:57
  • It is about a scientific subject where the math could be done, but would need a lot of effort. So I don't want to bring a precise number that is just a quick estimation. Oct 29, 2015 at 9:00
  • You scored better than nine out of ten.
    – JHCL
    Oct 29, 2015 at 9:10
  • @DirtyHenry How about saying sonething along the lines of "with an honorable (or estimable) success rate?" dictionary.reference.com/browse/honorable
    – Elian
    Oct 29, 2015 at 9:48
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    "Ma'am, I'm pleased to report that your husband's heart surgery was 90% successful." Nov 4, 2015 at 16:36

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When you're talking about personal success some people may perceive you as bragging or immodest regardless of how you present yourself. This is probably more true when referring to a perfect or near perfect performance.

I would suggest an honest and accurate characterization using objective and straightforward language.

Consider these phrases:

  • a high rate of success
  • a high degree of success

...and since we're talking about predictions:

  • a high rate of accuracy
  • a high rate of precision
  • a near-perfect record
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If you are actually objectively correct 90/100 times, then just use the 90% figure.

If you are being subjective, I would say "great success" or "successful more times than not."

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You could call it a "high rate of success" or "highly successful". Or, your predictions were made with "good/excellent accuracy". Your colleague is correct, saying "some success" suggests fairly mediocre performance.

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