Putting percentages into words – a rough guide

This is a rough guide to what words you might use to describe a percentage between 0% and 100%. It is very much a work in progress.

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Note: all “X in Y” formats could be X in a hundred. Some can be simplified to lower base numbers, for example X in fifty, or X in ten. The column for that format gives these.

PERCENTAGES TO WORDS (DRAFT)

Percentage “X in Y” format Possible phrase
0.0% None in a hundred None
1.0% One in a hundred One in a hundred
2.0% One in fifty One in fifty
3.0% Three in a hundred Three in a hundred
4.0% One in twenty five One in twenty five
One twentieth:
5% exactly
One in twenty One in twenty
6.0% Three in fifty Three in fifty
7.0% Seven in a hundred Seven in a hundred
8.0% Two in twenty five A little under one-twelfth
9.0% Nine in a hundred Not much less than one in ten
One tenth:
10% exactly
One in ten A tenth
11.0% Eleven in a hundred Just under one in nine; Not much more than one-tenth
One ninth:
11.111111….%
12.0% Three in twenty five A little under an eighth
One eighth:
12.5% exactly
13.0% Thirteen in a hundred A little over an eighth
14.0% Seven in fifty Nearly a seventh
One seventh:
14.285714..%
15.0% Three in twenty A little over a seventh
16.0% Four in twenty five A little under a sixth
One sixth:
16.666666..%
17.0% Seventeen in a hundred Just over a sixth
18.0% Nine in fifty A little over a sixth
19.0% Nineteen in a hundred Nearly a fifth
One fifth:
20% exactly
One in five A fifth
21.0% Twenty one in a hundred Just over a fifth
22.0% Eleven in fifty A little over a fifth
23.0% Twenty three in a hundred A little under a quarter; nearly a quarter
24.0% Six in twenty five Nearly a quarter
One quarter:
25% exactly
One in four One quarter
26.0% Thirteen in fifty About a quarter; just over a quarter
27.0% Twenty seven in a hundred A little more than a quarter
28.0% Seven in twenty five Quite a bit more than a quarter; nearly three in ten
29.0% Twenty nine in a hundred Nearly three in ten; somewhat less than a third
30.0% Three in ten Somewhat less than a third
31.0% Thirty one in a hundred A little less than a third
32.0% Eight in twenty five Close to a third
33.0% Thirty three in a hundred Nearly a third
One third:
33.3333333..%
34.0% Seventeen in fifty Just over a third; A third
35.0% Seven in twenty A little more than a third
36.0% Nine in twenty five Somewhat more than a third
37.0% Thirty seven in a hundred Quite a bit more than a third
38.0% Nineteen in fifty Not much less than two-fifths
39.0% Thirty nine in a hundred Nearly two-fifths
Two fifths:
40.0% exactly
Two in five Two  fifths
41.0% Forty one in a hundred Just over two-fifths
42.0% Twenty one in fifty A little over two-fifths
43.0% Forty three in a hundred Somewhat more than two-fifths
44.0% Eleven in twenty five Somewhat more than two-fifths
45.0% Nine in twenty Somewhat less than half; somewhat more than two-fifths
46.0% Twenty three in fifty Some what less than half
47.0% Forty seven in a hundred Reasonably close to a half
48.0% Twelve in twenty five Close to a half
49.0% Forty nine in a hundred Nearly a half
One half:
50% exactly
One in two One half
51.0% Fifty one in a hundred Just over a half
52.0% Thirteen in twenty five Just a little more than a half; a majority by a small margin
53.0% Fifty three in a hundred A little more than a half; a majority by a small margin
54.0% Twenty seven in fifty A little more than a half; a majority by a small margin
55.0% Eleven in twenty Quite a bit more than a half
56.0% Fourteen in twenty five Quite a bit more than a half
57.0% Fifty seven in a hundred Quite a bit more than a half; closing in on three-fifths
58.0% Twenty nine in fifty Close to three-fifths
59.0% Fifty nine in a hundred Nearly three-fifths
Three fifths:
60% exactly
Three in five Three fifths
61.0% Sixty one in a hundred Just over three fifths
62.0% Thirty one in fifty A little over three-fifths
63.0% Sixty three in a hundred A little over three-fifths
64.0% Sixteen in twenty five Fairly close to two-thirds
65.0% Thirteen in twenty Close to two-thirds
66.0% Thirty three in fifty Nearly two-thirds
Two thirds:
66.666666..%
67.0% Sixty seven in a hundred Just over two-thirds
68.0% Seventeen in twenty five A little over two-thirds
69.0% Sixty nine in a hundred A little over two-thirds
Seven tenths:
70.0% exactly
Seven in ten Seven-tenths; somewhat more than two-thirds
71.0% Seventy one in a hundred Somewhat more than two-thirds; somewhat less than three-quarters
72.0% Eighteen in twenty five Fairly close to three-quarters
73.0% Seventy three in a hundred Close to three-quarters
74.0% Thirty seven in fifty Nearly three quarters
Three quarters: 75% exactly Three in four Three quarters
76.0% Nineteen in twenty five A little over three-quarters; roughly three-quarters
77.0% Seventy seven in a hundred A little over three-quarters; roughly three-quarters
78.0% Thirty nine in fifty Somewhat more than three-quarters; nearly four-fifths
79.0% Seventy nine in a hundred Nearly four-fifths
Four fifths:
80% exactly
Four in five Four fifths; quite a bit more than three quarters
81.0% Eighty one in a hundred Just over four-fifths
82.0% Forty one in fifty A little over four-fifths
83.0% Eighty three in a hundred A little over four-fifths
84.0% Twenty one in twenty five Somewhat more than four-fifths
85.0% Seventeen in twenty Somewhat more than four-fifths
86.0% Forty three in fifty Not much less than nine out of ten
87.0% Eighty seven in a hundred Not much less than nine out of ten
88.0% Twenty two in twenty five Nearing nine out of ten
89.0% Eighty nine in a hundred Very nearly nine out of ten
Nine tenths:
90% exactly
Nine in ten Nine tenths
91.0% Ninety one in a hundred Just a little more than nine out of ten
92.0% Forty six in fifty Just a little more than nine out of ten
93.0% Ninety three in a hundred Somewhat more than nine out of ten
94.0% Forty seven in fifty Somewhat more than nine out of ten
95.0% Nineteen in twenty Somewhat more than nine out of ten
96.0% Twenty four in twenty five Reasonably close to all
97.0% Ninety seven in a hundred Reasonably close to all
98.0% Forty nine in fifty Nearly all
99.0% Ninety nine in a hundred Very nearly all
100.0% All All
Last update: 05 November 2014