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Approved answer (verified by Punkybrewster)
Cent percent is used cent percent in my neck of the woods--I mean the term is very common in Pakistan.
Approved answer (verified by Thomas_Anderson)
Anonymous:"Cent percent" is not used by native speakers, so no.
It is understandable how it may have come into use, as the meaning of "percent" is "per 100" -
the "cent" part meaning "100". Thus, a direct but incorrect translation of "100 per 100" would be "cent percent", but native speakers never use "cent" to mean "100". (In the USA, "cent" is used most commonly and almost exclusively to mean "penny", the smallest denomination of coinage, meaning 1/100th of a dollar)
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i.e. Expressions I'd never heard before, but which are apparently quite commonly used in "Indian English".
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