least/fewest correct answers

nyggus

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Hi,

Should I use "least" or "fewest" in the below sentence?

The students gave the least/fewest corrects answers for Question 3 and the most correct answers for Question 17.​

The first clause is to say that for Q3 the number of correct answers was the smallest among all the questions.

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nyggus
 

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Should I use "least" or "fewest" in the [STRIKE]below[/STRIKE] following sentence?

The students gave the least/fewest corrects answers for question 3 and the most correct answers for question 17.​
fewest
 

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Use fewest with countable nouns. There's a case where least correct would be appropriate: three students submit their answer to an essay test question. One writes a completely correct answer; one gets the answer partly right, and one gets it entirely wrong. The last has submitted the least correct answer.
 
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