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    10 items or less/10 items and fewer

    I have been to Walmart and Target stores in America and both have express check-out lanes which allow customers making a small purchase to check out in a time-saving manner.

    I noticed ,however, Walmart's sign read 'Express Lane 10 Items or Less' while Target's was 'Express Lane 10 Items and Fewer'.

    It looks both are acceptable. But in a strict grammatical sense, isn't it using FEWER better?

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    Re: 10 items or less/10 items and fewer

    Fewer. You can count the number of items, so it should be fewer.

    One day, I remember going into the store I usually shopped at, and saw that they had changed from "or less" to "or fewer" and I was so happy. The man I was dating at the time didn't see the big deal at all. I broke up with him.

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    Re: 10 items or less/10 items and fewer

    I know someone who complained in her supermarket and they actually changed the signs to 'fewer'.

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