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More than and over

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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