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
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|
WE USE FEWER WHEN IT IS COUNTABLE
LIKE: I HAVE FEWER APPLES THAN JASMINE, JUST BECAUSE WE CAN COUNT HOW MANY APPLES I HAVE AND HOW MANY JASMINE HAVE, WE ARE PUTTING FEWER
WE USE LESS WHEN IT IS UNCOUNTABLE
LIKE: THERE IS LESS JUICE IN THE CUP THAN IN THE JUG, JUST BEACAUSE WE CANNOT HOW MANY DROPS ARE THERE IN CUP NOR IN THE JUG, WE USE LESS....
|link comment||answered Oct 14 '15 at 09:51 peace firstname.lastname@example.org New member|
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