[ExI] young people having less sex

Dan TheBookMan danust2012 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 20 01:15:15 UTC 2018

That’s more responding to the subject line — which is not mine originally, so I accept no blame for it;). This seems an ambiguous case because less sex could mean fewer sex acts or less time (in seconds or as a percentage) expended on sex. A person could have two hours of continuous sex a day, but consider that one sex act (how to draw the line?) or have a half hour of sex a day, but have it broken into three ten minute sex acts. Who has had more sex in these cases?

In this context, “sex” seems a mass known, which is why you and I had to fall back on “sex act” to be clear, no?

And I think the real test is whether people understand the construction. Yes, “fewer sex acts” is standard English, but using less instead of fewer rarely confuses readers or listeners, does it? 


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> On Nov 19, 2018, at 4:46 PM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Grammar problem:  'less' usually refers to things that are continuous in quantity - more rice, less rice, whereas 'fewer'usually refers to things that are discrete in quantity - more eggs, fewer eggs.  So you can have fewer people, not less people.
> But just what is sex??  Discrete or continuous?  Have to go with discrete, which makes the awkward construction 'people having fewer sex'.  Nah.  Fewer sex 'acts' works.  
> People who go all the way with the male to female thing could, in a twisted way, have less sex, or maybe less sex things to have sex with.  Nah, still have to be fewer.  
> Sorry I wasted your time.
> bill w
>> On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 5:20 PM Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sort of related to the original subject:
>> https://medium.com/the-radical-center/does-america-have-a-child-bride-crisis-fa4afdb7b4bc
>> And Peron seems correct about how people code this issue in a way that makes there appear to be a bigger problem.
>> Regards,
>> Dan
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