Your company conducted a survey of car owners to find out their opinions of different car insurance companies. You're writing a summary of the results. You write:
9% of respondents indicated that they did not have car insurance.
When you're writing for academic papers at school, the rule is that you're supposed to write out numbers from 0-10, and write numerals for numbers above 10:
However, for business e-mails and documents, it's usually best to use numerals for all numbers because it's easier to read when you're scanning a document quickly.
"Respondents" are people who answer a survey, an advertisement, or a post. "Respondent" is related to the word "respond".
This is a pretty technical-sounding word, so you won't hear it much in spoken conversation. It's more common in newspaper articles, academic journals, and other formal written documents.
For a person to "indicate" something means that they communicate it through speech, writing, or maybe your facial expressions:
The president also indicated that his administration would work hard to pass the bill.
When talking about surveys, you often say that "respondents indicated that..."
People buy car insurance as a way to protect themselves from having to pay a lot of money if they have a car accident. There are a few major types of car insurance:
- Collision coverage is insurance that pays you for any damage to your car.
- Liability coverage pays for any damage that you do to someone else's car, or for the hospital bills of anyone that you injure.
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