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Jun 9 2009   10:16AM GMT

Which is correct — less or fewer?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
According to Lockheed’s rules, the ____ people involved in a skunkworks project, the better.
a. less
b. fewer

Answer: b

Explanation: Always use fewer for anything countable — especially when referring to people. (See also: amount vs. number)

Ask Oxford provides more information about less vs. fewer.

Here’s a list of Basic Operating Rules of Lockheed’s Skunkworks.

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