# If there're several figures in a category shown in a chart, can I say "The percentage of something IN the category FOR..."?

I'm writing an essay reporting data shown in a chart. There are 5 categories in the chart: football, basketball, tennis, badminton, and "other sports" (which means all of the sports examined other than the four specifically mentioned)

I had reported the data for football and basketball. Then, I wanted to report the data for the other-sport category, as it was more convenient for me to report it at that point. But that was when trouble showed up.

The percentage of men playing other sports was 5%.

If I wrote it this way, readers might think that "other sports" here included tennis and badminton, since I hadn't report data related to these two sports. So after brainstorming for a while, I came up with this new version:

The percentage of men in the category for other sports was 5%.

However, I don't know if I'm using the prepositions correctly because I have only heard of "The percentage for this category", not "The percentage of X in the category for Y". So, am I using them right?

• "in the category for other sports" is not idiomatic. "in the Other Sports category". The percentage of men in the Other Sports category was only 5%. Or simply "The percentage of men in other sports was only 5%" if you wish to refer to the other sports naturally and not qua category.
– TimR
Commented May 17 at 9:58
• How about Five percent of men are in the category “other sports”? Besides rearranging, what I have done here is put the string other sports in quotation marks and used that as the name of the category. Commented May 17 at 10:03
• Using initial caps -- in Other Sports -- or surrounding the category in quotation marks -- in "other sports" -- are both acceptable variants. Probably governed by the house style sheet.
– TimR
Commented May 17 at 10:05
• The rearrangement wasn’t necessarily a recommendation. It was more a way I could clear the quantity out of the way to focus on the point of your question. So another wording that is a lot less of a rearranging is The category “other sports” accounts for 5% of men. Commented May 17 at 11:21
• By the way, are your categories exclusive? It seems a bit unnatural to eliminate people who play both basketball and tennis, say. Whatever the situation actually is, your introduction really should explain it explicitly. Ambiguous uses of percentages lead to a whole lot of ambiguities and misinterpretations. Commented May 17 at 11:26