"What does ninety percent mean?"
Translation:Cosa significa novanta per cento?
Surely its because you wouldnt speak of a percentage with a "the" prefix like you would a number. I.e - "The number Ninety Il numero novanta" vs "Ninety percent novanta per cento". " The ninety percent" would only make sense in a specific sentence, such as speaking about a group which i dont think this is referring to.
6/15/14. I put: Cosa significa novanta percento. I was warned, not in a heart-less way, that it was rather "per cento (2 words)", even tho' the drop down hover hint says "percento (one word)". WordReference seems to say that as an adverb, it's always two words ( per cento)...and as a noun (singular, masculine..meaning "percentage") it's one word, percento. I have no idea if I have interpreted this correctly, as I'm just learning the language too, and how to use the resources available to us. HTH.
No, because in your example, it is asking more like "you mean to say 90% of them don't use our product" whereas in the original sentence it is the 90 percent that is "signifying" something. I.e: "What does 90 percent mean, with regards to market penetration?" The difference is whether the 90 percent is the subject or the object of the sentence, but they are conveyed in very different ways.