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I am writing an academic paper and present many results in percentages.
Is there any difference between writing it out as "percent" and just using the symbol for it?
For instance, shall write "60 percent of the population retire" or shall I write "60% of the population retire"?
When reading, I encountered that some authors write it out explicity at some places.
Apperantly I am missing a rule here.
Can you help?
I don't think there is a rule, it's a matter of style, in my opinion.
I'd write either 60% or sixty percent, I don't like 60 percentvery much. That's how I would write it, but I think you can write it the way you want, according to "your style".
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KooyeenI don't think there is a rule, it's a matter of style, in my opinion.Bingo! I know the AP style more than academic writing.
Generally, I write numbers under ten and use numerals over ten. Generally, I write out percent in text and use % in charts. So "five percent" in your paragraph, but 5% in your chart or table. But that's just GENERALLY.
You can ask your teacher for style guidance, or you can pick your own, but the most important rule of any style you use is to be consistent. Don't say "ten percent" in one paragraph, and 15% in the next" and "fifteen percent" in the following, etc.
Question: Further to your explanation, how would you write it if the number was say 50 and in text not a table. Would you write it out as fifty percent or 50 percent?
I just took the AP Stylebook from my shelf. It says to use figures for all percents, even those below 10.
1 percent of the population
115 percent increase
0.4 percent decrease
"found that 18% of the rats"
Academic writing generally follows the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines which are: "In nontechnical contexts, the word percent is generally used; in scientific
and statistical copy, the symbol % is more common." Numbers up to and including one hundred are spelled out, 101 and above are listed as numerals.
So, the type of writing and audience dictate which style you would follow. Clear as sixty-three percent moist soil?
And please, for the love of all that's good, please don't use per cent (two words).
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