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  1. dubbel

    Unhappy congratulate

    congratulate with/on/upon; are these preps all correct?

    less people/fewer people; are both possible?

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    Re: congratulate

    Congratulate someone on/upon

    'Fewer people' is the grammatically correct version as it's a plural countable noun. However, many native speakers use 'less people', including educated ones. It seems that 'less' is growing in popularity. I would say that it is better to play safe and use 'fewer', especially in formal language and exams.

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