introduction make up over...

Discussion in 'English Only' started by halmom, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. halmom Senior Member

    I wonder if the following sentences, which phrases or verb sound best.

    An introduction could make up over 10 % of the whole essay. (make up?)
    An introduction could be around 10 percent of the whole essay. ( be?)
    An introdcuction could take up up 10 percent of the whole essay. ( take up)
    An introduction could form 10 percent of the whole essay.( form?)
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    It's hard to say which one is best, halmom. All of those verbs and phrases look possible, but "form" doesn't seem likely.

    To me, "take up" has a slightly negative meaning that "make up" and "be" do not have. I might use "take up" if I was worried that the introduction took up too much space: This introduction already takes up 15% of the total number of words I'm allowed to use.

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