Less or Fewer

Less or Fewer


Less refers to quantity :

E.g.

The baby drank less milk at 10am today than she did yesterday. Or, The paint is less than what is required; we will have to get some more.

Fewer refers to number :

E.g.

Fewer students attend classes when a holiday is approaching. Or, The executives attending the Annual Day party are fewer than last year.

Test your understanding - Choose the correct sentence from the pair of sentences given below

1.
a. Moti, our dog ate less food today.
b. Moti, our dog ate fewer food today.

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ANSWER: a. Moti, our dog ate less food today.



2.
a. There were fewer travellers in the metro yesterday evening.
b. There were less travellers in the metro yesterday evening.

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ANSWER: a. There were fewer travellers in the metro yesterday evening.



3.
a. Yesterday, it was less cloudy than today; yet it has not rained.
b. Yesterday, it was fewer cloudy than today; yet it has not rained.

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ANSWER: a. Yesterday, it was less cloudy than today; yet it has not rained.



4.
a. The little boy has brought fewer pens to school today.
b. The little boy has brought less pens to school today.

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ANSWER: a. The little boy has brought fewer pens to school today



5.
a. There are fewer thorns in this cactus plant than that one.
b. There are less thorns in this cactus plant than that one.

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ANSWER: a. There are fewer thorns in this cactus plant than that one.


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