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I have a problem in using "at" and "with" in describing graphs and percentages. I have read many samples in different books, but I am not quite sure that I can use them properly. I even find a similar topic on this other ELU question but it did not help either. So I provide here some examples from different books so that you can answer them:

  1. Shopping came next at 10%, although this was much less popular than socializing, at 20%.

Can we use "with" instead of "at" in the above sentence?

  1. Socializing was next at 20%, which was twice as popular as shopping, with 10%.

Can we replace "at" with "with" in the above sentence, and vice versa?

  1. Both alcohol and drug sales peaked in 1980 with figures of $186 billion and $102 billion respectively.

Can we change it to:

Both alcohol and drug sales peaked in 1980 at $186 billion and $102 billion respectively.

  1. Indonesia was responsible for about one third of rice production, at just over 46 million tonnes.

Can we change it to "with"?

  1. No change was seen in jogging at 31% in the two older age groups for women.

Can we change it to "with"?

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  • No, it's "at," not "with". – Kris Aug 2 '18 at 7:17
  • Why would you want to replace at? Why do you need with? Is there a reason? – Kris Aug 2 '18 at 7:18
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    @Kris: you are very dogmatic but surely both are very commonly used. Isn't it just a matter of style? – JeremyC Aug 2 '18 at 22:06
  • @JeremyC It's a matter of grammar. – Kris Aug 3 '18 at 6:27
  • @bookmanu It's a duplicate, but the example in the linked question isn't very clear. – Lawrence Aug 3 '18 at 8:34

Prepositions are notoriously hard for everyone. In many cases (I could have said "with many such things"), it's a matter of style and common usage, more than following a formula to get the exact right word.

But your intuition is correct, in many sentences either "at" or "with" could be used

When you quote a fact, number or thing as part of a series, using "at" is common and simple. "At" places a thing within a context. The word "with" could also be used, but with different phrasing.

"The most popular activities were golfing, at 25 percent, walking, at 20 percent, and swimming, at 18 percent."

If I really want to use "with," I can rephrase it:

"The most popular activities were golfing, with 25 percent of individuals favoring that activity; walking, with a 20-percent favorite percentage; and swimming, with 18 percent of respondents calling it their favorite leisure activity."

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