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  1. Bryan James
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    He was hung from birth and later hanged by that mean tree.
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    Hey I am just reading a text for university.

    does "two or fewer" means just the opposite? So more then two?

    Full Sentence:
    Surprisingly, almost half of the studies assessed only one dimension; 71 percent of studies assessed two or fewer dimensions.

    Doesn't make sense to me.
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    No, not more than two. One would be the only other logical choice for "two or fewer" as they couldn't have done less than one if they actually did the assessment. I'm guessing they wrote it that way so they could let people know that no more than two dimensions were the basis for 71 percent of the studies.
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    Thanks Moderator
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  7. Bryan James
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    Fewer means multiple and less than the original number stated or implied.

    That sample is just bad writing.
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  8. DiO'Bolic
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    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    I hear Burger King is replacing its slogan "Have it Your Way" with "Be Your Way." What the heck does “Be Your Way” mean?
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    I think they used the word "fewer" correctly. The word "less" would've been incorrect. Mod used the phrase "less than one" correctly, also.
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  10. Bryan James
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    Two or less. One or two. Depends on the slant of the work that I didn't read.

    There are all kinds of ways around klunky words. Good writers don't burden their targets.
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    Another good book for this is Eats Shoots and Leaves. It's entertaining and makes sense of all the common issues you can come across.
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  12. Bryan James
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    ^ I have that one. A bit campy, but a few lower belly chuckles.
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    Good writers write good.
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  14. Bryan James
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    No good writers haven't written badly.

    Excellence sticks to the wall.
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    booklover72 very strange person

    My Spelling and Punctuation is Atrocious, i am typing and trying to think as fast as i type. This is from someone who every week in school got 20/20 in English. lord help us. I hope i don't use bad punctuation in my programs, god knows what will happen.
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    I'll never be able to figure out when to use affect and effect. Thank God it almost never comes up in my run reports. Only affect does, as in the diagnosis schizoaffective disorder which, according to Doctor Jones, our psychiatrist, doesn't mean anything. It's a label for the insurance company so they have something to write down. Without a code ICD or CPT, they can't pay us. So they thought up one word to mean a whole range of labels. There are at least 50 different kinds of most disorders.
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    I used to be intimidated by these two, also. It can seem tricky, but really isn't.
    Affect - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    Effect - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
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