“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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