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    Default representing 31.3 percent vs being 31.3 percent

    The company sold 56.3 million smartphones, including its flagship Galaxy S III, in July-September, representing 31.3 percent of the global market, more than twice as much as bitter rival Apple's share 15 percent, research firm IDC said.

    represent: to be the result of something, or to be something
    More:represent verb (BE) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
    Can I replace the phrase "representing 31.3 percent of the global market" by "being 31.3 percent of the global market"?
    If possible, is there any difference in meaning between them?


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    Default Re: representing 31.3 percent vs being 31.3 percent

    I wouldn't- you could simply delete representing, but being doesn't sound very natural to me.

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    Default Re: representing 31.3 percent vs being 31.3 percent

    I think "accounting for" works here. Is this right?

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    Default Re: representing 31.3 percent vs being 31.3 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't- you could simply delete representing, but being doesn't sound very natural to me.
    I think 'being' is probably what you're looking for, but it needs more: '...being a N% share...'.

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    Default Re: representing 31.3 percent vs being 31.3 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post


    I think 'being' is probably what you're looking for, but it needs more: '...being a N% share...'.

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    Thank you,
    Do you mean that "being" need to follow by a noun?
    Isn't the phrase "31.3 percent of the global market" in "representing 31.3 percent of the global market" a noun?

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