• Percentage / Proportion

If the noun after percentage is plural, the verb is usually plural:

A small percentage of students drop out of school each year.

Never say a big percentage or a big proportion.

Use high / large / remarkable / noteworthy and small / low.

There is a large proportion of people over 60.

Something is small / large, etc. in proportion to something else:

Istanbul is much larger in proportion to other cities in Turkey.

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