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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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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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“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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Less versus fewer in time related phrases [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Less” vs. “fewer” I am quite pedantic when using 'less' versus 'fewer' but don't really understand how the situation works when it comes to temporal ...
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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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'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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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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“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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Correct usage for “bad” v. “poor” adjectives

The way I was taught many years ago was that something like quality can be poor, but not bad. The reasoning was that "bad" is a value/moral whereas poor applies to non-value qualities. In this case, ...
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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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Does “the same number of people” behave as singular or plural?

This hurts my eyes to read it and my ears to say it, but the writer stands by item #43 About the same number of people was awarded bachelor's degrees in 2010 as filed for personal bankruptcy (1....
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Is “many fewer combinations” correct?

Is the expression "many fewer combinations" correct? It only gets about 600 hits on Google, against 1,200 for "a lot fewer combinations". What would be a correct way of expressing the idea contained ...
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Much and many: the opposite of less - fewer debate?

This morning, I corrected my little son on his use of much. I don't have much Star Wars guys. He seems to use this word quite frequently in place of many, although he doesn't often use many in ...
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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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“So many fewer people”?

How do I say this correctly? I can't figure it out. Do I have it correct already? I am trying to say that there are a lot less people. The opposite would be "so many more people".
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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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Is “I've told you at fewest ten times” grammatical?

After this question was put on hold, I am editing this to clarify that I am not seeking "the most wrong answer," but that I am instead asking for a reason for the continued use of a construction that ...
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Discrete units of continuous quantity

Is it proper to speak of units of a continuous quantity as if they are discrete or continuous? For example, I never know whether I should say that some food has "less calories" than another food (...
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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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Why is the word “fewer” seemingly doomed? [closed]

More and more I see the word "fewer" less and less. It's being replaced by "less" and seemingly falling into disuse. What is the reason for this? Is it as simple as the marketeers believing, "fewer ...