The statement reads - "...the length is less than 20 meters...". Should this be fewer than, or is it correct to state 'less than'?

I believe that it should be fewer as metres is what I am dealing with (the subject), however, others differ...


"20 meters" is a single concept describing one interval, not a countable group of individual meters. "less than" is correct.

  • Thanks for that, I am now 600million gbp worse off as that is the bet that I had on it! Perhaps for a share of my 600milliion you could change your answer?! – Hoooray Oct 16 '17 at 14:15
  • +1. @Hooray: I will give you the answer you want and will settle for fewer than 600 million GBP. Just say the word. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 16 '17 at 14:42
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo Better get that in dollars or euros. – StoneyB Oct 16 '17 at 14:52
  • How about pesetas or lira, I hear that they are the 'new currencies' after the demise of the euro? But, I digress, seriously can someone come up with an answer that I can put forward in order to not have to declare eternal bankruptcy... – Hoooray Oct 16 '17 at 15:11
  • I would really like to upvote this answer, however, without attaining an upvote or two myself I do not have sufficient reputation to vote - HELP! – Hoooray Oct 16 '17 at 15:42

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