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# How To Say, "How Much Percentage～?"

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I couldn’t get to sleep well last night and I was thinking about many things about English and so on.

I’d like to solve the questions which came up at that time one by one.

How much percentage could one hide keys of their houses under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

How much percentage could one find keys of other people’s houses under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

First of all, I don’t know which is right, “How much percentage” or “How many percentage” in that sentence.

Second, I don’t know which sounds more natural, “How many people” or “How much/many percentage.”

Third, I don’t know which sentence sounds more natural, the first one or the second one.

I couldn’t get to sleep well last night and I was thinking about many things about English and so on.

I’d like to solve the questions which came up at that time one by one.

How much percentage could one hide keys of their houses under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

How much percentage could one find keys of other people’s houses under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

First of all, I don’t know which is right, “How much percentage” or “How many percentage” in that sentence.

Second, I don’t know which sounds more natural, “How many people” or “How much/many percentage.”

Third, I don’t know which sentence sounds more natural, the first one or the second one.

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What proportion/fraction/percentage of people could one hide their house keys under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

If you use the word percentage, you must say what group it is a percentage of. In this case, the whole group is "all people" and the smaller group is people who hide their house keys in a certain way.

Personally, I think that the word "proportion" is a better word to use in this sentence, but all of "proportion", "fraction" and "percentage" are possible.

What proportion of the time could one find keys of other people’s houses under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

In this case the question is out of the total number of times one checked in these places, how many of those times would one find a key?

There are other possible ways of phrasing this, but again, you must indicate something which you are taking a proportion of.

First of all, I don’t know which is right, “How much percentage” or “How many percentage” in that sentence.

Both are wrong.

You can ask "What percentage is [number 1] of [number 2]?"

You can also ask "How many per cent of [members of group] are [members of smaller group]?" ("per cent" can also be spelled "percent"; it means the same as "per hundred").

Second, I don’t know which sounds more natural, “How many people” or “How much/many percentage.”

"How many people" is natural, but it asks for the total number of people who behave in a certain way.

"What proportion of people" asks for the number of people who behave in a certain way divided by the total number of people being considered.

Suppose there are 200 adults in a room, and 106 of them are female.

The answer to the question "How many people in the room are female?" is "106".

One possible answer to the question "What proportion of the people in the room are female?" is "53%". 53% means "53 per 100", which means 53 out of each 100 people, giving 53 + 53 = 106 altogether.

How many people of your friends and neighbors do you think they hide their house keys under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

Does this make sense?

How many people (of/among your friends and neighbors) do you think hide their house keys under flower pots or door mats in front of their houses?

To understand why "they" is wrong, look at the simpler sentences below:

How many people hide their keys? (correct)

How many people do you think hide their keys? (correct)

How many people do you think they hide their keys? (incorrect)

Do you think they hide their keys? (correct, but the listener would have to know from context who "they" referred to)

I would be surprised if someone answered the exact number. Maybe a thief?