# Thread: trouble with the word "percent"

1. ## trouble with the word "percent"

Dear teachers,

if you want to talk about a particular percentage, let's imagine there are 10 bullies in a group of 100 pupils - how can you answer this question:

Do all the pupils in the group bully others?

No, they don't.
a) It's only 10 percent of them that do so.
b) Only 10 percent of them do so.
c) There are only 10 percent of all the pupils who do that.
d) These are only 10 percent of them.
e) These bullies only represent 10% of the pupils.
f) It's only 10 percent who bully others.

Thank you very much for helping me.

2. ## Re: trouble with the word "percent"

a) It's only 10 percent of them that do so. OK
b) Only 10 percent of them do so. OK
c) There are only 10 percent of all the pupils who do that. No
d) These are only 10 percent of them. No
e) These bullies only represent 10% of the pupils. Not really. The bullies don't represent themselves.
f) It's only 10 percent who bully others. OK

3. ## Re: trouble with the word "percent"

First of all: thank you very much for correcting the sentences above!

"e) These bullies only represent 10% of the pupils. Not really. The bullies don't represent themselves."

I see the idea but is it possible to rephrase this sentence starting with "these bullies"?

4. ## Re: trouble with the word "percent"

"Represent" doesn't sound good. Some might accept it.
"They only account for 10%"; "They only comprise 10%" ...

5. ## Re: trouble with the word "percent"

We prefer to write per cent as two words in BrE: Ngram

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