Poll: He was sighted in no less than 15 countries.

He was sighted in no less than 15 countries.

There is something wrong with this statement.
There is nothing wrong with this statement.

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  • Votes: 432
  • Comments: 12
  • Added: November 2003

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Comments:

RonBee

It be "no fewer than fifteen countries," but I think the "no less" usage is gaining ground. :(

~RonBee

edarth

The meaning is slightly ambiguous. "sighted" can mean two different things.

lotus

The sentence is ambiguous, but it's more likely that it should say 'cited' (meaning quoted) than 'sighted' (meaning 'seen') - either way it should say 'fewer' and not 'less' countries.

ad

As a Dutch teacher of English I often see an, in my view, incorrect use of less instead of fewer.

ad

As a Dutch teacher of English I often see an, in my view, incorrect use of less instead of fewer.

tdol

It's becoming more and more common in British English.

willbut

The OED calls it a disputed usage, which seems fair- many use it, while many dispute it.

JT

It just sounds wrong to me.

grahamcurrie

Surely it should read "He was sighted in 15 countries", possibly, "He was sighted in at least 15 countries". "no less" and "no fewer" appear incorrect. Pedantically, If one were sighted in 10 countries, one would also be sighted in 9,8,7,6, etc.

LizzieM

He was sighted in no FEWER than 15 countries.

Totof

He has been seen in...

Trish

He must be a celebrity. (lol)

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