per cent

per cent
per cent
is normally written as two words in BrE but as one word (percent) in AmE. In attributive use (i.e. before a noun), it is normally written with a hyphen in BrE: a 12 per-cent increase. The type —per cent of is normally treated as singular if the noun is a collective or mass noun and as plural if the noun is an ordinary plural:

• Fifteen per cent of the electorate has yet to make up its mind —Daily Telegraph, 1987

• 50 per cent of children with nut allergies also react to egg —Observer, 2007.

In AmE, but not in BrE, percent is also used as a noun, an alternative to percentage (a large percent of the population).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Per cent — Per Per, prep. [L. Cf. {Far}, {For }, {Pardon}, and cf. {Par}, prep.] Through; by means of; through the agency of; by; for; for each; as, per annum; per capita, by heads, or according to individuals; per curiam, by the court; per se, by itself,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • per cent — ► ADVERB ▪ by a specified amount in or for every hundred. ► NOUN ▪ one part in every hundred …   English terms dictionary

  • per cent — (esp. BrE) (AmE usually percent) noun VERB + PER CENT ▪ account for, amount to, be equal to, comprise, constitute, equal, represent ▪ Overseas earnings accounted for 9% of th …   Collocations dictionary

  • per cent — [[t]pə(r) se̱nt[/t]] ♦ N COUNT: num N, oft N of n (The spelling percent is also used. Per cent is both the singular and the plural form.) You use per cent to talk about amounts. For example, if an amount is 10 per cent (10%) of a larger amount,… …   English dictionary

  • per cent — /pə sent/ adjective, adverb out of each hundred, or for each hundred ♦ 10 per cent ten in every hundred ● What is the increase per cent? ● Fifty per cent of nothing is still nothing. ▪▪▪ ‘…this would represent an 18 per cent growth rate – a… …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • per cent — I UK [pə(r)ˈsent] / US [pərˈsent] noun [singular] maths *** one part of 100, or a particular amount of a total that you have divided by 100. Per cent is often shown using the symbol % He owns 20% only of the business. per cent of: Women now… …   English dictionary

  • per cent*/*/*/ — [pəˈsent] noun [singular] I one part of every 100. Per cent is often shown using the symbol % Women now represent 50 per cent of the workforce.[/ex] He only owns 20% of the business.[/ex] II adj, adv per cent */*/[pəˈsent] equal to part of a… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • per cent — /pə ˈsɛnt / (say puh sent) adverb 1. by the hundred; for or in every hundred (used in expressing proportions, rates of interest, etc.): to get 3 per cent interest. Symbol: % –noun 2. a proportion; a percentage. 3. a stock which bears a specified… …  

  • PER CENT — adv. & n. (US percent) adv. in every hundred. n. 1 percentage. 2 one part in every hundred (half a per cent). 3 (in pl.) Brit. public securities yielding interest of so much per cent (three per cents) …   Useful english dictionary

  • per cent — When the government designs a new penny, the number of government workers that have to approve the design is ten per cent …   English expressions

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