In the following sentence, is there a better way to say "the break down of 70 minutes is"

In total, participants will spend 70 minutes in this study; the break down of 70 minutes is:
10 minutes for [x],
20 minutes for [y] and
40 minutes for [z]

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    I would just leave it out and put "In total, participants will spend 70 minutes in this study: 10 minutes for x, 20 minutes for y, and 40 minutes for z." It is obvious from the context that this is a breakdown. – Mick Sep 28 '16 at 16:41
  • The word breakdown is widely used by the accountancy profession on both sides of the Atlantic to describe the division of something into its components. One talks about the sales breakdown, or the breakdown of expenses etc. It would certainly not be out of place in the context you suggest. Though personally I might have said something like: it breaks down into ten and twenty-minute components as follows: – WS2 Sep 28 '16 at 16:44
  • Of those 70 minutes? – Laurel Sep 28 '16 at 17:52
  • Replace your bold text with: "with the following break-down." .. . Make sure you include the total number. – aparente001 Sep 29 '16 at 3:03

Breakdown has many synonyms and with respect to its context in the statement, consider the following options: Split or divide. Also the sentence could be rephrased as, "In this study, participants will spend a total of 70 minutes, which will be split/divided as followed:" to be more efficient.

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