less or fewer


Today there are less than a few hundred thousand Ainu people left.


Why use "less" but not "fewer"?  Which is correct --"less people" or "fewer people"?

asked May 06 '13 at 00:43 Tsunmei Tang New member

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"Fewer people' is correct. If you can count them, it's fewer. If you weigh them, it's less.

Less water.

Less sand.

Fewer grains of salt.

Less salt.

link comment answered May 06 '13 at 01:29 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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