**few**for count nouns and

**less**for noncount nouns. I'm asking because my word processor is asking me to change

**fewer**to

**less**in the ff context:

**than one percent of Spanish students around the world have mastered the subjunctive.**

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I don't know which is more correct, but I've heard both in common usage.

I think it depends on what your reference is, students or percent. Students (plural > fewer); percent (singular noun of quantity > less).fewfor count nouns andlessfor noncount nouns. I'm asking because my word processor is asking me to changefewertolessin the ff context:

Fewerthan one percent of Spanish students around the world have mastered the subjunctive.

I would be wary of one who argues too strongly one way or the other.

We had even more fun back in June 2005 when discussing 99% in

Collective nouns - 99% of, the majority of the congregation - singular or plural?

There are fewer of the students, so there are fewer than 1% of the students; there is less than 1% of the butter.

There are fewer students, so there are fewer than 1% of students. There is less than 1% of butter sounds odd, though less than 1% of butter comes from goats is fine.

For some reason, less than 1% of students sounds much less wrong than less than 1% of the students, but I'd still say it was wrong.

Your sentence is fine grammatically, despite the nagging spell-checker, however note that "Spanish students" (like English students, etc.) can be either students of Spanish citizenship OR students of the Spanish language.fewfor count nouns andlessfor noncount nouns. I'm asking because my word processor is asking me to changefewertolessin the ff context:

than one percent of Spanish students around the world have mastered the subjunctive.

Fewer

I would say something like "

I know. I'm being picky since "around the world" gives a hint.

I think "less" is better than fewer!

Try it this way.I think "less" is better than fewer!

Would you say?:

1. How many do 1% of the students come to?

or

2. How much do 1% of the students come to?

If you'd prefer 1. then surely it should be fewer.

But, Loob, you would never say How much do 1% of the students come to?, would you? You must explain to me why the fact doesn't matter, before you start being wary of anyone.I vote with Tabac.

If your focus is "students", fewer than 1%.

If your focus is "per cent", less than 1%.

I, too, would be wary of anyone arguing too strongly one way or the other.

TT, I prefer "how many does 1% of the students come to?"Try it this way.

Would you say?:

1. How many do 1% of the students come to?

or

2. How much do 1% of the students come to?

If you'd prefer 1. then surely it should be fewer.

So I'm not sure your question is conclusive

The real world does not include asking the question "How many/much do/does 1% of the students come to?"

So let's revert - willingly on my part - to Tabac's excellent answer, quoted above.I think it depends on what your reference is, students or percent. Students (plural > fewer); percent (singular noun of quantity > less).

I would be wary of one who argues too strongly one way or the other.

Your word processor has not mastered English grammar.. . . my word processor is asking me to changefewertolessin the~~ff~~following context:

than one percent of Spanish students around the world have mastered the subjunctive.

Fewer

and1. How many do 1% of the students come to?

My wonky analysis:TT, I prefer "how many does 1% of the students come to?"

1) How many do 1% of the students come to? – How many (students)

2) How many does 1% of the students come to? - How many (students)

It seems to me that 2 is more logical.

But wouldn't it be better to rephrase it, by and large, into something like

3) How many students are 1 percent (of all the students)?