By Mary Morel
Reader’s question: What’s the difference between more than and over?
Answer: Many grammar experts believe that in countable numerical expressions you should use:
- more than rather than over
- older than rather than over
- younger than rather than under.
More than 87 people responded.
She is older than 45.
You can’t drive if you’re younger than 16.
Usage changes with time and I think it’s OK to say:
Over 87 people responded.
She’s over 45.
You can’t drive if you’re under 16.
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