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“Less” vs. “fewer”

I'm placing a button on a website and need to know which is the proper way to write this out: see less events or see fewer events? I'm leaning toward fewer but would like confirmation.

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See @nohats answer here –  Jim Jun 13 '12 at 20:52
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marked as duplicate by Matt Эллен, RegDwigнt Jun 13 '12 at 20:56

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Fewer is appropriate because event is a countable noun.

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Sorry @combread ninja, but your answer is completely wrong. I voted down. –  Elberich Schneider Jun 13 '12 at 21:42
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@RégisRoux: Why do you say it is wrong? It is the rule taught in school (but it is commonly not used). –  Mitch Jun 13 '12 at 21:47
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@RégisRoux: can you be more clear as to how 'quantity' and 'number' are different? Especially with respect to 'events' (in the original question)? –  Mitch Jun 13 '12 at 23:27
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@RégisRoux: OK. If you're a non-native speaker, how can you be so sure that the poster is 'completely wrong? In English, the distinction you're drawing between quantity and number in this context doesn't hold. The rule is: 'less' is for non-integral quantities/numbers, 'fewer' is for integral ones. Also, even though I called it a rule, it is not particularly closely followed in practice. See the duplicate question for details. –  Mitch Jun 13 '12 at 23:52
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@RégisRoux - "before" might be more useful than "after". –  user16269 Jun 14 '12 at 9:42
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Yes, fewer would be most proper.

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