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….% |
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12.0% | Three in twenty five | A little under an eighth |

One eighth: 12.5% exactly |
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13.0% | Thirteen in a hundred | A little over an eighth |

14.0% | Seven in fifty | Nearly a seventh |

One seventh:14.285714..% |
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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..% |
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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..% |
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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..% |
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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 |

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