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    Question How to say "3 of 10 things" correctly

    1. three out of every ten students
    2. three of every ten students
    The first one is a sentence in an article.
    I just wonder if the second one is also correct to English native speakers. (Is the "out" really necessary?)
    Are there other ways to say?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: How to say "3 of 10 things" correctly

    We normally use 'out of'. You can omit the 'out' of you are talking about a specific mumber, rather than a fraction/percentage:

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