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    I am editing a humanities book and am writing out the word "percent" in percentages and, under 100, writing out the number. BUT...my question is, how should I punctuate the following:

    "He is 100 percent accurate." Is the space between the 100 and the word "percent" hyphenated, as "He is 100-percent accurate." I can't find style guidance on this.

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    I wouldn't hyphenate that. I might hyphenate an adjectival use:
    He's a 100-percent player who gives his all.

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    Thanks. I won't hyphenate the phrase. In fact, of course it isn't an adjectival usage but, I suppose, an adverbial usage: "He is accurate 100 percent (of the time)."

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    Default Re: Use of Percent Adjectivally

    Quote Originally Posted by Allthatjazznj
    I am editing a humanities book and am writing out the word "percent" in percentages and, under 100, writing out the number. BUT...my question is, how should I punctuate the following:

    "He is 100 percent accurate." Is the space between the 100 and the word "percent" hyphenated, as "He is 100-percent accurate." I can't find style guidance on this.

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    I agree with TDOL, but 100 percent seems a bit informal to me. Wouldn't "completely" or "totally" suffice?

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    I think it's adverbial. My favourite percentage is the one used by football commentators when they say a player gave 110%.

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