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    Less or fewer

    Today the visitor volume store-wide at 200 thousand was fifty thousand fewer than yesterday.

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    Two questions about the above line:

    1----- Is 'fewer' properly used?
    2----- Should we have to insert 'that of' between 'than' and 'yesterday' to make it as :
    Today the visitor volume store-wide at 200 thousand was fifty thousand fewer(less) than that of yesterday.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Less or fewer

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Today the visitor volume store-wide at 200 thousand was fifty thousand fewer than yesterday.

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    Two questions about the above line:

    1----- Is 'fewer' properly used?
    'Fewer' is correct for people. But given that they are measuring people by 'volume', 'less' could be used. "There were fewer visitors today, but there was less volume"

    2----- Should we have to insert 'that of' between 'than' and 'yesterday' to make it as :
    Today the visitor volume store-wide at 200 thousand was fifty thousand fewer(less) than that of yesterday.
    That is what is meant, but it can be ellipted out.
    Thank you.
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