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August 31, 2008

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Bill Bennett

The bank would be right IMO. "Up to 16 years" is passed at one second past your 16th birthday starts - the timeline goes:

*15 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 57 seconds

*15 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 58 seconds

*15 years, 364 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds

*16 years, 0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, and 0 seconds

*16 years, 0 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, and 1 second

The last of these is past 16 years, and is so excluded.

Helen Catterall

Technically it should rally be '10 items or fewer', but I like Tesco's compromise better, even if that version is still open to a degree of misinterpretation.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks Helen, but technically less is ok too. As the Oxford Dictionary of English says "Less is normally used with numerals (a score of less than 100)". Fewer can be used if you regard the items as individual items, so, really, it depends on what is in the mind of Tesco.

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