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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:25:09 AM
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Hello,

A. more than two

Q1. What does the above phrase mean?
Does it mean the following numbers?
3, 4, 5, . . . (if whole positive numbers are chosen)

B. fewer than two

Q2. What does the above phrase mean?
Does it mean the following numbers?
2, 1 (if whole positive numbers are chosen)

Q3. If my assumptions are correct, why does the phrase A not contain the number 2 and why does the phrase B contain the number 2?


Thank you.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:48:41 AM

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It should be less than two, actually.

"I have more than two pairs of shoes" means I have at least three pairs, or more.
"I have less than two pairs of shoes" means I have only one pair, if even that.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:01:32 AM

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More than two does not include two.
Less than two does not include two.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:11:08 AM

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It's good to have background support here.
PlanetOfGiants
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:08:28 AM

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Wilmar (USA) 1M wrote:
More than two does not include two.
Less than two does not include two.


This illustrates a common problem with novice software developers!

if A > B then do Function 1
else if A < B then do Function 2


else "Crash" ???
onsen
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:41:57 AM
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Quote:

Fewer than two of the 55 discs are dedicated to the war, the defining period of the conductor’s life.


The above quote is from part of the caption for a picture in an article in the New York Times International (paper edition, emphasis mine).

Doesn’t the 'are' used in the above sentence suggest that 'Fewer than two' is two?

For information, please see the picture in the online edition. The caption is different from that in the paper edition.

here

The picture in question is the 5th one from the top of the article, beginning with 'At the Bayreuth Festival in 1931 . . .'.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:47:29 AM

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"Fever than two of the 55 discs" is nonsense. It should be "Only one of the discs of 55" IS dedicated...

EDIT: Even the NYT can make mistakes, as we all ;-)
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