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Percents or Percentages

Help! I have an annual report ready to go to print....Can someone please tell me which footnote is grammatically correct?

Percents do not add to 100 because members may indicate more than one business activity.

OR

Percentages do not add to 100 because members may indicate....

  • November 1, 2007
  • Posted by tessa
  • Filed in Grammar
  • 3 comments

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The handy online edition of the Columbia Guide to Standard American English helpfully notes: "Percentage is the more widely accepted noun, especially in Edited English." But "percent" is probably so entrenched at this point that most people would find it equally acceptable.

orono1 November 1, 2007 @ 1:08PM

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...but "percentages" sounds better!

chelseacoyle November 4, 2007 @ 7:16PM

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Tessa, know this is way past your due date but why not say "the total percentage was not 100...

maggiefisher March 5, 2009 @ 7:56AM

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