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    Hi there,

    Please help to see if following sentences are correct. And why. Thanks.

    1) Eighty-three percent respondents indicated that they were likely to return next summer.

    2) Eighty-three percent of the respondents indicated that they were likely to return next summer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by yppah View Post
    Hi there,

    Please help to see if following sentences are correct. And why. Thanks.

    1) Eighty-three percent respondents indicated that they were likely to return next summer.

    2) Eighty-three percent of the respondents indicated that they were likely to return next summer.
    You need the "of". The "the" after it is optional.

    The reason is that a percentage is a part. It must be part of something. That "something" either immediately follows the percentage (as in this case) or it is mentioned before this sentence or later in this sentence.

    before: A poll of 1000 people was taken. Eighty-three percent indicated...
    after: Eighty-three percent indicated....when current vacationers were asked....

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    Thanks a lot for the clarification!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yppah View Post
    Thanks a lot for the clarification!
    You're welcome.

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