**percent**of students in class

**wears**glasses?

What

**percentage**of students in class

**wear**glasses?

Hi,

Which one of the above is the correct one that I should use? If neither, could you reword them to make them right? And tell me the reasons? Thanks.

You are using an out of date browser. It may not display this or other websites correctly.

You should upgrade or use an alternative browser.

You should upgrade or use an alternative browser.

- Thread starter jesusguime
- Start date

What

Hi,

Which one of the above is the correct one that I should use? If neither, could you reword them to make them right? And tell me the reasons? Thanks.

For me, both of the two versions seem all right, but I have the feeling that the first doesn't sound good to you. So I'd like to know what the reasons are. Thank you again in advance.

A conversation might go like this:

A: "Do you know that 80 percent of the class wears glasses?"

B: "Wow, that's a high percentage!"

Collective nouns - 99% of, the majority of the congregation - singular or plural? percent per cent

You're right - the first ("percent") doesn't work for me. It's likely that some would argue with me but for me, "percent" is only the number or a representation of a number. When speaking about a "portion" of a group (ie. the glasses wearers), the mathematical calculation arrives at a "percentage". It may be that 80 "percent" of the class wears glasses but that means that the "percentage" of the class that wears glasses is 80.

A conversation might go like this:

A: "Do you know that80 percent of the class wears glasses?"

B: "Wow, that's a high percentage!"

What percent of students in class wears glasses?

Thanks, my helpful mentors.

What about the following? Are they all right to you?

"

only 5% wear glasses in class.

Thanks, Dimcl."Theoretically",you can use the plural "percents" in the same manner that you would use "percentage" but this is very uncommon and might be considered incorrect because of its rarity. I would not, therefore, use it.

"How manypercent" is incorrect. A "percent" or "percentage" is singular in this context so the plural doesn't work.

What about this?

Thanks, Dimcl.

What about this?

How much percent of students in this class wear glasses?

"How much" would once again indicate a plurality, Jesus. A "percent" is a countable, singular

= "How many

Well, let's see. 50 percent on Monday, 55 percent on Tuesday, 49 percent on Wednesday. That's 50

"How much percent" (how much per hundred) seems kind of contradictory to me since "cent" = "hundred" is plural but "how much" is noncount singular, especially "how much percent of students" (How much of a student per hundred students?).