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when to use ‘per cent’ and when to use ‘%’?

In formal writing (articles, academic essays), the form per cent is used after a numeral instead of a percentage symbol or %.

So, this is how percentage should be expressed in academic writing:

’10 per cent of the population still lives below the poverty line.’

‘The report shows that 66 per cent of adolescent children of alcoholic parents exhibit behavioral problems.’


However, when creating tables, the percentage symbol may be used (%).



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