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Why do Americans say “less than five people”? [duplicate]

I thought "people" is countable, so we should say "fewer than five people"? Being in the US for many years, I rarely hear people saying "fewer than," even with countable nouns like "people." I ...
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Why is it correct to say “fewer calories” when calories are continuous? [duplicate]

This question, "Discrete Units of a Continuous Quantity", asks whether units of a continuous quantity should be spoken of as discrete or continuous. The top answer states The rule is simple, and ...
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Can I say “I have two pens less”, and “I have two dollars less”? [closed]

There were 50 students in class. The teacher gave out 50 pens to the students (the students got a total of 50 pens). The teacher gave 50 pens to every student (every student got fifty pens each). ...
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Is WTF singular? uncountable?

More specifically, can someone analyze grammar of and recommend which of the following is correct: One WTF less vs. One WTF fewer If it matters, the intention was to imply that if one instance ...
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“Less” vs. “Fewer” when referring to a percentage of a countable quantity

Judging by the consensus over at this question, one should use "fewer" over "less" for countable quantities. What about in this situation? [Less or Fewer] than 10.7% of the people were happy. ...
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'less' is to 'fewer' as 'more' is to what?

This question is related to the previous one on less-vs-fewer. I prefer using fewer instead of less when referring to discrete items. Something sounds off about less than ten people, in my opinion. ...
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“Due to” at the beginning of a sentence

I tried to say this: Due to it will have less features than the actual standard system, the performance will be better. Basically, I used a sentence after due to, and one of my English friends ...
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Use of “no less than” and no “fewer than” [duplicate]

1) In fact, NO LESS THAN 20 percent of people are injured severely due to car accidents. 2) However, because people whose cars had collided and were severely wounded were occupying the intensive ...
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What are your favorite English language tools? [closed]

To prevent myself from asking an obvious, silly question multiple times: What are the English language tools you found most useful? I found Corpus Concordance English extremely useful for looking up ...
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Should fewer or less be used when specific quantities are given? [duplicate]

I know that fewer is used for countable nouns and less is used for uncountable nouns, but when a specific quantity is given, should I use fewer or less. For example would it be correct to say 'there ...
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Does “less than” really mean “subtracted from”, or is it bad English?

I got involved in a discussion about some Math problems provided in the local primary school education: 20 more than 543 is 563 25 less than 261 is 236 155 less than 310 is 155 355 more than 1233 is ...
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“10 lines LESS than the screen height” or “10 lines FEWER than the screen height” [duplicate]

When we measure the screen height by number of lines, should we say 10 lines less than the screen height or 10 lines fewer than the screen height ? The second sentence seems correct for me, ...
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Should I use “less” or “fewer” here? [duplicate]

When the rancher spends that 8 hours producing potatoes, she spends 8 hours less producing meat... Is this usage of less correct, or should fewer be used instead?
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Should “less” or “fewer” be used in these examples?

For example: I need a tire with less ply. or I need a tire with fewer ply. Is "less" correct because ply is a singular noun? Or should it be "fewer" because it refers to a specific count of ...
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“Must of ” vs “must have”

I was browsing a completely unrelated site and came across the following interesting discussion on the ever increasing proliferation of the phrase, "must of": ... You mean "must have", btw. Or "...

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