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They have less books than I have.
They have fewer books than I have.

Less denotes amount, quantity, value, or degree, fewer denotes number. We may have less water, less food, less money, less education, but fewer books, fewer letters, fewer friends.

We say less than (five, six, etc.) pounds because the pounds are considered as a sum of money and not as a number of coins.

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Naomi asked me several questions.
Naomi made me several questions.
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Nothing's left, all is lost.
Nothing's left, all are lost.

All meaning everything, takes a singular verb, all meaning everybody, takes a plural verb: All of us are present.

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Robert took his brother from the hand.
Robert took his brother by the hand.

Also: hold by, catch by, seize by, snatch by, grasp by.

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I like the cinema very much.
The cinema likes me very much.

The cinema appeals to me is correct, and means I like the cinema very much.

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