Fewer and Less


I am Bonita's friend.  I am helping her ask her questions in English.. Too bad I don't know the answers myself.  


Question 1: Who knows what the difference is between fewer and less?  Should it be, I made fewer mistakes than last time or I made less mistakes than last time.  They both sound pretty good to me! So I helped Bonita sign up for this website so she can get some help. The more questions that she asked me the more that I realized that I don’t speak/write proper English.   I just don’t have confidence about if something I write is wrong or right.  Help us please! LOL

few fewer less asked Aug 28 '13 at 03:19 Bonita New member

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Use 'fewer' when you can count the items. 'Fewer mistakes' would be correct.

Use 'less' when you can't count the items.


I used less water on the plants this time.

I lost less weight than she did.

I lost fewer pounds than she did.

I use less salt in my food than I used to.

link comment answered Aug 28 '13 at 12:47 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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