per cent

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per cent is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
per cent

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Singular
per cent

Plural
per cent

  1. You use per cent show the number of parts out of one hundred. The symbol for per cent is %.
    The cost of gas has increased seven per cent in the last month.

Usage[change]

Verbs should agree with the noun to which per cent refers, not with per cent itself. For example,

  1. One per cent of politicians are (not is) honest.
  2. Twenty per cent of the water was (not were) dirty.

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