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"I'm not sure I'd be able to write that in less than two days."
"Less" sounds right to me, but days are countable, so shouldn't "less" be "few"?
Last edited by Allen165; 09-Nov-2010 at 13:59.
I meant to write "fewer," not "few."
2006:But there is another reason it sounds right. In your sentence, "less than two days" doesn't mean one day; it means less than two full days.
For example, you have one day and 19 hours to write something. You can say "I'm not sure I'd be able to write that in less than two days."
I think this is similar to what fivejedjon is saying, although our approaches may be somewhat different.
I am not convinced that it is similar to what I am saying.
In my later example, Two days is a long time for 100 words, we are indeed dealing with two full days. The reason that many people use less in sentences such as Jasmin's, and a singular verb in examples such as mine is that we consider the two days (or, indeed 22 days) to be a (singular) period of time.
But I am not sure the above relates to 'less' and 'fewer'.
As I mentioned, this is a messy part of grammar. So maybe we are giving Jasmin two different reasons we think "less" is okay in her sentence.