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How to write numbers and percentage?

In the sentence – Auditors recommend an increase of the allowance for bad debts by ten %. – should the percent sign be there or should the word percent be spelled out. Also should the number be ...
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Relative frequencies of words of a certain length?

I struggled to find this online, so I have turned to the English stack exchange... Is there a list of relative frequencies of words of a certain length? For example, how much more common is a word ...
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How to express an increase in percentage unambiguously?

So I have a metric, say, accuracy, which is originally 70% and then raised to 80%. I want to say the accuracy increases by 10%. But it is ambiguous, as some may interpret it as the current accuracy is ...
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writing decimal numbers as ordinal?

How to write 0.1 (ordinal) percentile? E.g. for 1 it would be "first percentile". Would it be "0.1st percentile"?
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What's the difference between “percent of” and “percentage of”?

Is there any meaningful difference between, say, "Frequency as a percent of the total" and "Frequency as a percentage of the total"? Is one considered more correct? (Dictionary.com gives "percentage" ...
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Difference between 'at' and 'by' for percentages

Please confirm the difference between these two sentences: Salad is the most popular dish by 43%. Salad is the most popular dish at 43%. Is the meaning of these two sentences same or ...
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“Less than” - Do you see anything wrong with this statement?

I have had a colleague me about a potential typo. The text is currently as follows: "... whereas the XX team once had around XX support tickets a semester, that number is now 75-80% of what it used ...
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Difference between “with” and “at” when it comes to percentages [duplicate]

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 ...
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In written English, do you write fractional inequality with a percent-plus or a plus-percent? [closed]

In written English, which of the following is the correct way to convey I have a greater than or equal to ninety percent success rate according to all measures? I have 90%+ success rate across ...
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Why is there no such word as “percentagely”?

If I want to use an adverb to say, for example: I'm not sure you could do it. I can say that percentagely / in percentage there are few hopes. Is there a specific reason there is no such word in ...
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Is it redundant to say “percentage of one hundred”?

I have seen the word "percentage" defined as "a number or rate that is expressed as a certain number of parts of something divided into 100 parts". It seems to follow that 50% means "50 parts of ...
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Percentage change/relative change — putting things into words

The Problem I am struggling to put percentage change into words in the following example: The impact strength of A is 32.94. The impact strength of B is 42.24. A is taken to be the ...
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Use of articles - I passed with a/the percentage of 80?

If I want to write I got 80 percent, which of these two is the correct way to do so? I passed with a percentage of 80. I passed with the percentage of 80.
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Terminology for Statistics: top 1/2 percent as a '-tile'

The top 25% is the top quartile. The top 10% is the top decile. The top 1% is the top percentile. Is there a term for the equivalent for the top 0.5%, i.e. 1-in-200?
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“Percent” vs. “percentile”

Just because .01% of people may be at risk of frying themselves on the third rail doesn't mean they need to modify the system for that miniscule percentile. It just means you need to let Darwinism run ...
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what percentile? 99th percentile! [closed]

I have used it many times and without a problem until one day, a tyke asked me, "why is it 99th percentile and not just 99"? I don't know how to explain it to him. Then I thought, jeez, I don't know ...
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What would an alternative sentence for percentage in writing?

What would be an alternative sentence or word for percentage in writing? For example, when referencing to a sentence, if the sentence has 50%, we can use words like half of the total amount or similar....
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Percentage points abbreviation

I am writing an academic essay (APA standard) in which I compare a lot of proportions (and probability estimations). Phrases like ... are 5.2 percentage points more likely to ... are common. So ...
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What's a word for the percentage of votes needed to reach a decision? [closed]

Sometimes it's 51%, sometimes it's 66%, sometimes it's 100%. But what do you call that number?
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How to define the amount of “something” in activity?

I work on a dashboard and I need to label some grid columns. Each row of the grid displays details about factories and one of the columns displays the number of factory in activity (in percentage). ...
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Comparison grammar: repeating the main verb vs. using a helper verb

Is the following grammatically correct? Corporation X spends a larger percentage of its revenue on insurance than Corporation Y does on employee salaries. Should it not be: Corporation X spends ...
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Formatting percentages [closed]

According to the SI rules for percentages (http://www.bipm.org/en/publications/si-brochure/) the value should always be separated from the % sign by a space; however, when writing text it always seems ...
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Write “a” before a percentage? [closed]

Is this sentence ok or should I take out the a's? "A true gentleman is a 25% noble, a 25% gentle, a 25% respectful and a 25%... dumb. "
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Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? "Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course." Or just "Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course." My thinking is, you would use ...
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Percentage expression

Is it correct to say "15 percent less than 25"? To me, it doesn't make 100% sense.
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What are the terms in a percentage calculation called?

Say you want to calculate how many percent 50 of 200 is: 50 / 200 = 0.25 = 25% What do you call the individual pieces (50, 200, 0.25 and 25%) of this calculation? Are the following terms (based on ...
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a better expression for 'percentage divided by 100'

The function f(a,x) returns the value in the array a specified by x, where x is a percentage of the length of the array, divided by 100. (i.e. x can be any number between 0 and 1, corresponding to a ...
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Ambiguous comparison between percentage values

English is not my mother tongue. The question is whether the phrase "half as fast" is grammatical, frequent and unambiguous. When googling, I've found out that the structure "verb + half as fast as" ...
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Use of “percentage” [closed]

Can I use percentage in the following way? The percentage of Google users in Internet users is... Is this a clear usage of the word?
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“Less” vs. “Fewer” when referring to a percentage of a countable quantity

Judging by the consensus over at this question, one should use "fewer" over "less" for countable quantities. What about in this situation? [Less or Fewer] than 10.7% of the people were happy. ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” when the subject is a list of percentages before a collective noun? [duplicate]

I am stuck in choosing the correct verb (is or are) for the following sentence, since generation is uncountable (singular agreement) and it is preceded by multiple percentages (plural agreement). ...
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Is “89.9%” singular or plural? [duplicate]

I’m writing a dissertation on network security. I’m unsure which of the following to use: ...89.9%, which is 57 million users. ...89.9%, which are 57 million users. Technically it should be are ...
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Technicalities about “%”?

Usage of "%" I'm almost positive it's a prepositional phrase since it's really means "per cent" or "per 100". So in a sentence like: 90% of my street are doing lawn work. It would be "are" and ...
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Does a percentage quantity take singular or plural verb agreement?

Does a percentage require a singular or plural verb, for example, do we say ten percent "go" or "goes"?
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60% of the Bahamian population “is” or “are”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? 60% of the Bahamian population are concentrated in the capital city, Nassau. 60% of the Bahamian population is concentrated in the capital city, Nassau. The first sounds awkward to ...
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Science Writing: Placement of Percentages and Numerical Raw Values

I am editing a biomedical review article for publication and the authors would like to display the percentage value with the corresponding raw values from the data. How do I format this? Example: "...
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How to compare percentage

I am making an infographic where I am comparing web traffic. Because the report will be highly visual, I only use short sentences and phrases. For example, when I want to compare this month's traffic ...
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Up to now vs until now [closed]

I want to say that something is currently completed, in a percentage. Which sentence is correct? Up to now the job has been completed by 10% or Until now the job has been completed by 10% ...
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Is saying “How many percent…?” incorrect?

Our students are often asked to describe a chart for their online classes. We have to ask follow-up or guide questions to help them describe it and I often ask my students about how many votes did an ...
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Is it possible to make a accurateness score? (0= - Accurate / 10 = + Accurate ) [closed]

"She must be famous"; "She can be famous"; "She may be famous"; "She might be famous"
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How can you describe “percentage” in a sentence?

I need to compare two system and explain that one is faster than the other specifying the percentage, so is the following correct? in fact new system computes the whole dataset the 10% percent ...
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Expressing the fat content of food

Can I write "0.5% milk" or "27% cream cheese" to indicate the fat content? Edit: just to make things clearer - it will be used in the list of ingredients of a recipe Edit 2: here's a picture of a ...
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The meaning of 0% and 100% as opposed to other percentages?

Oftentimes, percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. A $49.99 item may be marked 50% off, even if the price becomes $24.99 (it should be 50.03% off). However, I have come to notice that ...
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Prepositions before and after percentages

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 "...
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Any compact ways to say “reduce the model to less than 25% of its original size”?

As the title of the question requests, are there any compact ways to say to reduce the model to less than 25% of its original size? The original phrase looks weird.