I know that if you want to express "X-tenth(s)", you can use 成. For example:



However, these only express the figure at one decimal point. If you want to express any figure at two or more decimal points, can you still use 成? For example:

黄金周五成北京市民选择的是4至6天的行程。 # one-decimal point (0.5)

黄金周五十五成北京市民选择的是4至6天的行程。 # two-decimal points (0.55)

Or if you can't, how can you express the figure usually?

  • 0。55:零点五五, 55%:百分之五十五,seems to exhaust possibilities, see grammars on numerals
    – user6065
    Sep 27, 2017 at 10:06

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Well, you could say 五成五 for 0.55 or 55%. 99% could be 九成九.

For example, 九成九的人会参加这会议, meaning 99% of people will attend the meeting.

Usually, people won't put that accurate. They may just say 大约五成, meaning 50% or so. But 几成几 is a normal expression.

  • Thanks. So how about three decimal points (e.g. 0.938)?
    – Blaszard
    Sep 27, 2017 at 10:20
  • No one would use three decimal points for this kind of purpose. To be more precise, you might have to use percentage or just 0.xxxxx.
    – dan
    Sep 27, 2017 at 10:23
  • OK, then in that case is the expression always in arabic numerals? Or can you also express it in Chinese characters?
    – Blaszard
    Sep 27, 2017 at 10:25
  • Or, you could joke on it by saying 九成三点八 for 0.938. lol. People would understand you。
    – dan
    Sep 27, 2017 at 10:25
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    It would look awkward when 0.921 written in Chinese characters.
    – dan
    Sep 27, 2017 at 10:32

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