the Plural of the word "percent"


Could you, please, explain why the word "percent" is used in a Singular form instead of Plural: "Again each data point is a single laser firing and the linear transmission of the CBG was 30 percent." In russian it must be used in Plural form, that is why it is strange for me. Is it some rule concerning this?

plural asked Jul 12 '13 at 14:05 Dmitry New member

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Yes, per cent or percent (both with or without the space are acceptable) is an uncountable noun.  One per cent or twenty per cent are correct.  For more on countable and uncountable nouns please consult this page:

link answered Jul 12 '13 at 14:21 Shawn Mooney Expert


DmitryJul 13 '13 at 07:38

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Think of "percent" almost as a one-word prepositional phrase, meaning "per hundred" or "out of a hundred," and it's clearer why it's used in the singular.

link answered Jul 12 '13 at 14:22 Actually Holly Expert

Thanks, I understood!

DmitryJul 13 '13 at 07:39

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