What is the difference between el 10 por ciento and un 10 por ciento? Are el and un used in different contexts? Thank you.

EmanuelC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

What is the difference between el 10 por ciento and un 10 por ciento? Are el and un used in different contexts? Thank you.

Asked 9 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Emanuel

It's the same as in English, it goes with what you are really saying. 

I got a 10 percent discount on the sale.

Me dieron un 10 % de descuento en las rebajas.

But:

10% of the population voted against.

El 10 % de la población votó en contra.

Here you don't have an article in English but this is part of the subject so it takes the definite article in Spanish. 

Although you could also say:

A 10% of the population voted against.

Un 10 % de la población votó en contra.

So, it all depends on what you're saying each time.

Saludos

 

 

What is the difference between el 10 por ciento and un 10 por ciento? Are el and un used in different contexts? Thank you.

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