Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Writing Tips Percent, Per Cent and Percentages - Get Proofed!
Writing Tips Percent, Per Cent and Percentages - Get Proofed! Percent, Per Cent and Percentages WeÃ¢â¬â¢ve been told that putting 110% into anything is mathematically impossible. But weÃ¢â¬â¢re proofreaders, not mathematicians! As such, weÃ¢â¬â¢re not going to let math get in the way of putting everything we have into solving your writing problems. Today, for example, weÃ¢â¬â¢re looking at writing percentages. Words and Numbers As with any numbers, percentages can be written as either words or numbers: Words: Around nine percent of people dislike coffee. Numbers: Approximately 91% of people like coffee. The examples above reflect three important guidelines when writing percentages: Numbers up to ten are usually written as words, while larger numbers are written as numerals When a percentage is written as a word, it should be followed by Ã¢â¬Å"percentÃ¢â¬ When a percentage is written as a numeral, it should be followed by the Ã¢â¬Å"%Ã¢â¬ sign However, this can vary depending on the context (e.g., measurements in scientific writing are almost always written as numerals, even for numbers under ten). ItÃ¢â¬â¢s therefore a good idea to check your style guide for advice on how to write percentages. Percent vs. Per Cent The question weÃ¢â¬â¢re asked most often about writing percentages is whether to use Ã¢â¬Å"percentÃ¢â¬ or Ã¢â¬Å"per cent.Ã¢â¬ Ultimately, though, this doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t really matter: both are accepted spellings of this term. Again, we recommend checking your style guide if you have one, as some publishers and colleges have a preference. And Ã¢â¬Å"percentÃ¢â¬ is much more common these days than Ã¢â¬Å"per cent.Ã¢â¬ But other than that, the main thing is picking one spelling and using it consistently throughout your work. Percent vs. per cent When to Use Ã¢â¬Å"PercentageÃ¢â¬ Finally, we have the word Ã¢â¬Å"percentage.Ã¢â¬ Although similar to Ã¢â¬Å"percent,Ã¢â¬ this word has a slightly different usage: Ã¢â¬Å"PercentÃ¢â¬ is used with specific numbers, while Ã¢â¬Å"percentageÃ¢â¬ is used when referring to a general or non-specific amount of something. For example: A small percentage of the forms were coffee stained. Almost seven percent of the forms were coffee stained. As shown above, you should use Ã¢â¬Å"percentageÃ¢â¬ when the exact amount is unspecified.