0

when someone needs to describe percentages in each group, which is more common to describe numbers in each group?

  1. 10% in Group A, and 20% in Group B.
  2. 10% and 20% in Group A and Group B, respectively.

If there is any differences in nuances between them, I will appreciate if you would let me know.

1

This seems to be a matter of opinion, but option 1 seems clearer and therefore preferable. ("Respectively" doesn't add any elegance or pretentiousness, in my opinion, unless you're trying to communicate with high school dropouts.)

Option 2 might be preferable if you have a list of items that have a predictable order. For example:

Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter have average rainfalls of 14.5", 22", 8.25", and 11.5", respectively.

Otherwise, I think #1 is the better way to go.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.