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Thursday, 30 September 2010

Whether to use Fewer or Less

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Away from the desk, I’ve scheduled blogs dealing with language. I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t reply to any comments for the time being, but I’m having a very well-earned rest from work for a couple of weeks.


Whether to use Fewer or Less


fewer: a comparative quantifier used with plural items.  ‘There were fewer girls at George’s party than he had hoped would attend, meaning he had less opportunity to get laid.’


less: not as great in quantity or amount.  ‘There has been less snow this winter, so the ski slopes have had fewer skiers.’
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