officer or officials

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________ from Greenwich Observatory have the clock checked twice a day.

Are "Officials"and "Officers" both acceptable in this blank?

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I would expect only 'officials'.
 

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Thanks! So can you tell me the subtle difference? I cannot find it in an Oxford dictionary.
 

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[FONT=&quot]An official is someone who is engaged in official duties. An officer holds a commissioned rank in the armed services or, technically, someone who has some form of legal responsibility in a company.[/FONT]
 

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They simply don't have officers based at Greenwich Royal Observatory.
 
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