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I am wondering what "percentage" means in this sentence:

Our competitor orders a high percentage of its equipment from foreign companies.

Does it mean "quality" here? Could someone please help me to explain this? Thank you in advance.

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It refers to the amount of the equipments not the quality .

It means "Our competitor orders a lot of its equipment from foreign companies."

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In the phrase

"Our competitor orders a high percentage of its equipment from foreign companies."

the word percentage means quantity relative to the overall amount of equipment usually ordered by the competitor over some period of time.

The competitor might order 100 pieces of equipment per year, of which 60%, or 60 pieces, would come from foreign companies. That's a high percentage, despite the fact that 100 pieces might be a small amount in that particular line of business. Other companies might be ordering 1000 pieces of equipment per year, but still 60 out of 100 is a high percentage for our particular competitor.

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The word I would use is "proportion." "Our competitor orders a high proportion of its equipment from foreign companies"

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