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Re: precedence for ReplaceAll?
*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg110769] Re: precedence for ReplaceAll?
*From*: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
*Date*: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 06:03:45 -0400 (EDT)
*References*: <i0pc4f$jtj$1@smc.vnet.net>
Well, just so both Harvard and MIT graduates can do right in the future,
here's what the dictionary that comes with Mac OS X says:
USAGE Fewer versus less:
Strictly speaking, the rule is that fewer, the comparative form of few,
is used with words denoting people or countable things (: fewer members;
| fewer books; | fewer than ten contestants).
Less, on the other hand, is used with mass nouns, denoting things that
cannot be counted ( | less money; | less music). In addition, less is
normally used with numbers ( | less than 10,000) and with expressions of
measurement or time ( | less than two weeks; | less than four miles
away).
But to use less with count nouns, as in | less people or | less words,
is incorrect in standard English.
[The rules of correct English are apparently nearly as complex, arcane,
and inconsistent as those of correct Mathematica.]
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