Difference between Less and Fewer
June 28, 2018
28/6/18 Difference between Less and Fewer
People often don’t know when to use less and when to use fewer in a sentence. Here’s how to get it right.
- Use fewer if you’re referring to people or things in the plural (e.g. houses, newspapers, dogs, students, children).
People these days are buying fewer newspapers.
Fewer students are opting to study science-related subjects.
Fewer than thirty children each year develop the disease.
- Use less when you’re referring to something that can’t be counted or doesn’t have a plural (e.g. money, air, time, music, rain).
It’s a better job but they pay you less money.
People want to spend less time in traffic jams.
Ironically, when I’m on tour, I listen to less music.
- Less is also used with numbers when they are on their own and with expressions of measurement or time.
His weight fell from 18 stone to less than 12.
Their marriage lasted less than two years.
Heath Square is less than four miles away from Dublin city centre.