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Thread: Minimum/minimal


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    Minimum/minimal

    Teacher, which is correct usage?
    The critical success factor is minimum/minimal errors
    Minimum/minimal error will ascertain success.
    Also please tell me the difference between these two words.


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    Re: Minimum/minimal

    'minimum' is the noun, and 'minimal' is the adjective.

    The minimum number of people...
    A minimum number of errors.

    compare
    He put a minimal amount of effort into his work
    A minimal amount of information.

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