Fewer or Less?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

When talking about quantities, whether to use fewer or less might be unclear, but not after reading this blog post. Let’s get it right! Actually it’s just a matter of countable or uncountable nouns.

Use fewer if you’re referring to people or things in the plural form that can be counted (for example: monkeys, airplanes, iPhones, singers, problems).

Use less for something that can’t be counted or doesn’t have a plural (for example: happiness, butter, money, electricity, information).

Example: David thinks he’ll have fewer problems if he wins the lottery but he could also have less happiness.

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