“Less” vs “Fewer” – Post 14


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Both “fewer” and “less” mean “to a lower degree”, so what’s the difference between the two?

Well, the word “less” normally refers to uncountable nouns, whereas “fewer” agrees with countable nouns.

Look at the following examples:

“Nowadays there is considerable less vegetation than there was in 1990.” – (“vegetation” is an uncountable noun, so we use the word “less”)

“Nowadays there are considerable fewer trees than there were in 1990.” – (“tree” is a countable noun, so we use the word “fewer” instead.)


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“I used to do something” vs “I am used to doing something” – Post 1


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We use “I used to do something” when speaking about the past, in order to express that we did something on a regular basis, but we don’t do it any more.

For example: When I was young, I used to cycle every day.


We use “I’m used to doing something” to say that we do something on a regular basis in the present.


For example: I’m used to cycling every day. (meaning that I do it on a regular basis, in the present.)


Note 1: In the form “I used to do something”, “used to” is a modal verb; whereas in the form “I’m used to doing something” the cell “used to” is an adjective.


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