Our income is up %15.

What does it mean? Our income is just a little over &15? or is it below %15 but very close to %15


"Our income is up 15%" is a comparison to your income when it was at some other level.

This other income level can be stated explicitly: "Our income is up 15% since we started selling product X"; "Our income is up 15% over last year." Or it can be implied which two time periods you are comparing: "We were barely scraping by during those war years, but now our income is up 15%."

Example - If the income was 100 before, now it is "up 15%"; in other words, now it is 115. (The linguistic meaning is "exactly 15%", but of course, in reality, the context & other words will tell you how precise you should understand the 15% to be.)

  • Thank you. I still have some question. I would like to ask you if possible: Can I use "by" in that sentence: Our income is up by %15. Would that be an improvement? Do we omit "by" in everyday speech? – Talha Özden Jul 27 '19 at 15:43
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    I have never seen the percentage symbol put before a number before. Is it appropriate in some context I'm not aware of? – Jason Bassford Jul 27 '19 at 17:39
  • @Jason Bassford , Oh! I guess I haven't either. It didn't jump out at me as unusual though, so I just repeated it that way. Will fix. You must be right. – Lorel C. Jul 27 '19 at 18:52
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    @Talha Özden , as far as I know, "up 15%" and "up by 15%" are completely interchangeable. Neither is more formal, more correct, or more idiomatic. But please note Jason Bassford's comment about the placement of the percent sign, after the number - just like in speech, where we say "fifteen percent", not "percent fifteen." – Lorel C. Jul 27 '19 at 19:12
  • @LorelC. "Just as in speech" is not a good argument. "£15" = "Fifteen pound". – gnasher729 Jul 27 '19 at 20:38

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