1. ## Fraction and Percentage

Hi there

I have some problems with fraction and percentage, can you please help me to find out. I found the answer on google, but there were a lot of different alternative ways to say fraction or percentage in a text, and I am not really good at math even in my language, so it just confuses me more. I started with a few here already,

1% = one-hundredth
10% = one-tenth
20% = one-fifth
25% = one-quarter
30% = one third ??? not sure or a quarter ??
40% =
50% = fifty ? a fifth ?? or half ?
70% =
90% =

And also, I am not sure if I can use like this

Two times = Twice
Three times = Three-fold
Four times = Four-fold
Five times = Five-fold
Six times = Six-fold
Seven times = Seven-fold
...
Ten times = Ten-fold

and so on...

Thank you

2. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

We read percentages by saying the number followed by the word "percent". Thirty percent is neither a third nor a fourth. It's three tenths. (Twenty-five percent is a/one quarter or a/one fourth.)

Fifty percent is a/one half.

The adjective forms of your second list are twofold, threefold, sevenfold, tenfold, eighteenfold,​ etc. They don't need hyphens.

3. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

Originally Posted by danghuynh88

1% = one hundredth
10% = one tenth
20% = one fifth
25% = one quarter
30% = three tenths
40% = two fifths
50% = a half
70% = seven tenths
90% = nine tenths

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4. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

Originally Posted by GoesStation
The adjective forms of your second list are twofold, threefold, sevenfold, tenfold, eighteenfold,​ etc. They don't need hyphens.
Yes, these words can work as adjectives (a tenfold increase) or as adverbs (to increase tenfold).

5. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

Originally Posted by danghuynh88

Two times = Twice
Three times = Three-fold

Since you mentioned 'twice', note that three times could also be phrased as 'thrice'.

6. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

Originally Posted by Skrej
Since you mentioned 'twice', note that three times could also be phrased as 'thrice'.
danghuyn88 -- I don't advise you to use thrice. Stay with three times.

7. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

Unless you're quoting comedian/comic actor Frankie Howerd. In that case, "Nay, nay and thrice nay" is absolutely OK!

8. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

I use these for report essay, thank you very much everyone !!!

9. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

1% = one-hundredth
10% = one-tenth
20% = one-fifth
25% = one-quarter
Why don't you say in words what is written in figures - one per cent, ten per cent, etc.?
Numbers are better for comparison than fractions.

10. ## Re: Fraction and Percentage

Originally Posted by tedmc
Why don't you say in words what is written in figures - one per cent, ten per cent, etc.?
Numbers are better for comparison than fractions.
Hi, of course, I do, but I just want to learn more about some alternative ways to express these fraction and percentage. I think that could help a report more accurate and appropriate.

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