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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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“Fewer resources” or “less resources”? [duplicate]

I was writing a document in Microsoft Word, and it flagged "less resources" as being ungrammatical and suggested "fewer resources". I did some research, and it appears that "fewer resources" seems to ...
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Which is more correct “fewer than hundred people” or “less than hundred people”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is “less” appropriate vs. “fewer”? Which is more correct "fewer than hundred people" or "less than hundred people"? According to my grammar book, "...
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Less than/Fewer than 20 percent of the doctors replied [duplicate]

Is it: Less than/Fewer than 20 percent of the doctors replied. Thank you.
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Is it “fewer than one person” or “less than one person”? [duplicate]

I have been under the impression that the distinction between fewer and less was with countable vs. uncountable nouns. But I've just encountered the claim that it's plural vs. singular. Which is it? ...
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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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“less” or “fewer” for countable and uncountable infinities [duplicate]

I feel like this is too grammatical for the math stack exchange, but I am sorry if it is too mathematical for this stack exchange. In math there are several different types of infinity, some of ...
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“See less events” or “see fewer events” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “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'...
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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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“Less” and “fewer” in English [duplicate]

English uses two lexemes to denote that something is smaller in number or size/amount: "Less" and "fewer". "Less" is used for uncountable nouns ("I needed less time to mow the lawn today"), while "...
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“count noun” or “non-count noun” — how to know the difference? [duplicate]

The book English Grammar: Understanding The Basics makes the following declaration: If you can use many with a noun (when it is pluralized), it’s a count noun. If you can use much with a noun, it’...
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Why do we say “less” instead of “fewer” when comparing against a number? [duplicate]

We say less cheese (a non-countable noun) and fewer sausages (a countable noun). The difference between less and fewer is whether the noun is "countable". What I don't understand is why we say "less ...
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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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“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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Why is the phrase “less than 15 people” incorrect? [duplicate]

Why is the phrase less than 15 people incorrect? I just heard a radio personality flipping out over this usage.

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