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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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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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“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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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 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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“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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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 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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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