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    pecetage

    I would like to ask whether English grammar distinguishes between writing percentages as 10% and 10 percent with a space as percentages and percent.
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    Miroslav Fišera

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    Hi, and welcome to the forum!

    A number followed by the percent sign is read the same as the number followed by the word "percent". This is a matter of convention, not grammar.
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    There's no difference in meaning, either, if that's what you're asking. They're just two different ways of writing the same thing.

    Some people also prefer to write percent as two words: 10 per cent

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    Note that you made a spelling error in your title.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

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    Apparently percent is AmE while per cent is BrE.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    I am British and use percent- you will see both.

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    #7

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    I prefer using "%" in written work. "The annual rate increased to 4%." There's no need to write the word "percent" out in full, in my opinion. Some publications use "pc" as an abbreviation for "percent", which puzzles me when there's a handy "%" sign.
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    It does strike me as a pointless abbreviation.

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    I think the % symbol is appropriate for scientific and technical writing involving analysing figures but not in an essay.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    I could use % in an essay- there are clearly differences in our treatment of these things. I could use percent as a word, but I honestly cannot think of a context where I would see percent as genuinely better than %. Mind you, some of my tutors did complain about some things I used like I instead of this reader.

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