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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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“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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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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