I am building a web site and need to clarify something for a non-U.S. customer. It's whether to use "less than/more than" or "under/over".

  • items less than $100.00
  • items from $100.00 to $500.00
  • items more than $500.00

Or should it be

  • items under $100.00
  • items from $100.00 to $500.00
  • items over $500.00

Is there one that is blatantly wrong?

  • Just as a personal preference, I think the second one is more suitable (by being more concise and keeping the numbers in line better). As JSBᾶngs wrote, both are fine.
    – Samthere
    Aug 18, 2011 at 15:06
  • If clarity is vital but vocabulary is not limited, the words 'cheaper' and 'more expensive' might be useful.
    – Hugh
    Aug 15, 2013 at 23:29

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All of your variants are grammatically correct, and will be easily understood by native English speakers. The less than X is idiomatically identical to under X when referring to monetary amounts, as is more than X with over X.

However, if your audience is international, you might prefer to say items costing less than X or items costing more than X simply to avoid any possibility of confusion or ambiguity.

  • It's definitely a U.S. audience.
    – Evik James
    Aug 18, 2011 at 14:47

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