"Less" and "Fewer," Does It Matter?

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mawnansmiff

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I was just watching the UK snooker championships on TV and one commentator said "John Higgins almost never misses this type of shot"

Almost never? It's either never or it isn't. "Rarely misses this type of shot" would be what he should have said.

Another gripe is "an old adage says......" . An adage is old by its very nature. It's rather akin to saying "an old elderly person", just plain poor usage.

Time for bed chaps, it's been a long day, night night.

Regards,

Jay.😷
 

jpmcwjr

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I have no problem with "almost never" Probably say it myself, but it's hard to know as there's no transcript of my speech!

"The general consensus of opinion" s.b, simply "consensus"
 

rajangan

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Sorry, I'm late to the thread. Page 5!

I thought it was less for singular nouns, and for adjectives and adverbs. Less gas, less stinky, & less quickly

And fewer for plural nouns. Fewer gasses, fewer stinks
 

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