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Hi everyone!

Which sentence(s) do you think is / are possible?

"In 60% of calls, callers react aggressively."

"Within 60% of calls, callers react aggressively."

"During 60% of calls, callers react aggressively."

Thank you very much!
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rubina89
Hi everyone!

Which sentence(s) do you think is / are possible?

"In 60% of calls, callers react aggressively."

"Within 60% of calls, callers react aggressively."

"During 60% of calls, callers react aggressively."

Thank you very much!
If I were to tag on a clause to make the meaning of your sentence more semantically sensible: "Based on recent surveys...", only #3, "during..." makes sense. If fact, Iwould jsut say: "60 % of the caller react aggressively..." makes best sense!
I know what you mean. It sounds really awkward. The problem here is that this sentence is for a scientific text and it is important that the content of the sentence is perfectly accurate...To make it more clear: The whole text is about certain types of calls to a helpline and their frequency of occurrence.

For example, I can't write "60% of callers" when I am referring to "60% of calls". This sentence is about a total number of calls and during 60% of these calls, callers react aggressively...How to say this otherwise?

And as it is a scientific text, that type of sentence appears throughout the text. If i just write "during xy percent of calls" all the time it starts to sound awkward...

What could be another solution?
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When we make reference about a certain percentage, that value is usually based on a population of some kind. i.e. Out of a 1000 people surveyed, 60 percent of ......

If we just say " 60% of calls ", it is very abstract concept because without a clear context, 60% of 100 apparently will have much less significance compared to 1000, especially when statistics and data are of great importance.

So my approach is that in order to extract accurate and useful data, we have to establish a set of known value before we apply a percentage.

<<To make it more clear: The whole text is about certain types of calls to a helpline and their frequency of occurrence.>>

Then I guess you need to categorize the types of calls, duration of the survey, demogrphics and numberof calls sampled etc...
Yeah, it is very abstract because I just posted one sentence out of context. I am afraid I cant explain the whole background of the text as it is very complex and I don't want to disclose too much information here...

I will try: the population in this case is a certain number of incoming calls to a specific phone number. The reader gets introduced to the population in detail. Further, these calls were categorized into different types and have been quantitatively analyzed. Means: The whole study is already completed and the text written. I can't really change the content of the text as I just need to translate it...

So....I will write either:

1. During 60% of calls, callers behave aggressively....or

2. Out of xy calls, 60% include harassing behavior.

Is that correct?
Well, almost. I would use half of each sentence to form a more complete statement: Out of xy calls, 60% of the callers behave aggressively. That would make a tangible mathematical statement A = (60%) (x y).
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