Monday, 24 October 2016

Less or fewer?

When should you use less? And when should you use fewer?
This will be a short one because it’s very easy to explain.

This is one of those things you might know subconsciously because it sounds right a certain way. Most of the time it comes naturally, but many people do get it wrong, so here’s a quick reminder:

Fewer should be used when the subject can be counted and is plural (preceded by “are/were”) – there are fewer apples, there were fewer trees, etc.

less should be used when the subject is singular and can't be counted (preceded by “is/was”) – there is less water, there was less pain, etc.

But if you watch Game of Thrones you probably know this already. Thanks, Stannis.

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