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    #1

    Less or fewer?

    Peter jogged less than 2000 metres yesterday.
    Peter jogged fewer metres yesterday than he did the day before yesterday.

    Are they correct?

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    #2

    Re: Less or fewer?

    I would use fewer in both sentences, as we are talking about a countable noun. Nowadays, it seems that less is accepted by many people.

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    Re: Less or fewer?

    Then would you say "fewer than five hours/dollars/kilograms" but not "less"?

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    #4

    Re: Less or fewer?

    I am not a teacher.

    I don't think that, "Peter jogged fewer than 2000 metres yesterday." sounds at all natural, despite the countable nature of metres. In this sense it isn't 2000 seperate metres being considered but a distance which is more or less long.

    Take a look at definition 1.1 here.

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    Re: Less or fewer?

    "less than two miles," "less than five minutes," "less than ten pounds," "less than two dollars"
    "Reginald lost fewer pounds on the Adkins Diet than he did on the South Beach Diet."
    ── quoted from http://www.grammar-worksheets.com/worksheets/fewer.php

    Do you agree or not?

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    #6

    Re: Less or fewer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Then would you say "fewer than five hours/dollars/kilograms" but not "less"?
    On further reflection, I'm inclined to agree with post #2.

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    Re: Less or fewer?

    I am not a teacher.

    You are agreeing with yourself, riquecohen.

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    Re: Less or fewer?

    I guess he means his opinions remain unchanged regardless of yours in Post#3.

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    #9

    Re: Less or fewer?

    That was you. I expressed my opinion in post #4.

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    Re: Less or fewer?

    Sorry for my typo, Roman.

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