Fewer salary/slaries

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Sat May 23 00:45:27 UTC 2009

My friend Mike has two salaries, one from Duke University and one from a private foundation.
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From: Joel S. Berson
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Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Fewer salary/slaries
Sent: May 22, 2009 8:05 PM

At 5/22/2009 05:29 PM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>On May 22, 2009, at 1:26 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
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>>Poster:       "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET>
>>Subject:      Re: Five times less
>>... I also have great difficulty with "two times
>>less"; I have to say "one-half as much"
>>At least they don't say "two times fewer"!
>?? if you're counting objects, then sticklers on "less"/"fewer" would
>insist on "fewer".

Isn't "salary" a mass noun?  I don't count salary/salaries, I
accumulate it.  :-)   Am I supposed to say "I have (earn) fewer
salaries than he?"


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