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    What would you say:
    10 % is or 10% are, I have found both on the internet but which is correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline S View Post
    What would you say:
    10 % is or 10% are, I have found both on the internet but which is correct?
    Do not regard internet use as a guaranteed guide to usage, spelling and grammar.

    No space between the numeral and the symbol: 10%/ten per cent/ten percent.

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    I think the question was about whether to use the singular is or the plural are.

    This rule should work most of the time:
    If you are talking about count nouns, use are. If you are talking about non-count nouns or a percentage of a singular item, use is.

    Only 20% of the students are finished with their test.
    Only about 10% of the cake is left.
    About 50% of the air is left in this balloon.

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    Of course - good example of the eye glossing the text on a screen.

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