This is more a matter of usage and common sense than anything, but I'm faced with the following problem. I have a dropdown with things like greater, equal, between, and then a field where numbers can be entered. So it basically looks like this:
[dropdown ^] [__number_field__]
The idea is that you select the appropriate option from the dropdown, enter a number in the field next to it, and then the associated search would look for things that have that a value eg. greater than 5, as in this example:
[greater ^] [__5__]
The options in the dropdown are:
- not equal
- greater or equal
- less or equal
- is empty
Technically, when we use these in full sentences, we use them with "to" added after each equal, and "than" added after each "greater/less" - and of course we use "and" between the two values mentioned in the "between" case.
But is it ok, in a form, to use these without the to/than/and? To me it looks weird and off (possibly because I read things in my inside voice when I read - which I know is a bad habit - and it sounds weird and off), but is it perhaps common usage to skip the preposition?