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Apr 17 2009   2:00PM GMT

Which is correct — thirty-five percent or 35 percent?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
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AP style
BitTorrent
Business writing
CIO
numbers
numerals
percentages
Quiz
traffic
typing Which is correct?
BitTorrent accounts for as much as ______ of all Internet traffic.
a. 35 percent
b. thirty-five percent

Answer: a

Explanation: The rule is to use a figure for percentages. The only exception is the rare case where someone says “zero percent.” The rule for percentages is slightly different from the rule for most numbers. (In general, single-digit numbers are spelled out and larger numbers expressed as numerals.) (Source: AP Stylebook)

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