From something I edited recently:
"Choosing less than three or four is nearly impossible."
We all say such things, but they're grammatically incorrect. In this case we should say "fewer" because the items are countable. You use "less" when you're talking about uncountable items such as sugar: "This container has less sugar than that one."
Have you ever noticed the sign at the grocery checkout? It says something like "10 Items or Less." It technically should be "10 Items or Fewer." I know that sounds weird, but it's correct.
I don't expect any grocery store managers to change their signs. I only wish to spread grammatical wisdom throughout the land.
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