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Less vs. Fewer: Grammar Guide
When your quantity or quality can be counted numerically, use the term FEWER.
- I have fewer chocolates in my hand than I did five minutes ago.
- She has fewer shoes than her cousin.
- There are fewer people at the meeting this week.
When describing quantities or qualities that cannot be counted individually or when dealing with money or time, use the term LESS.
- I have less patience for ignorance than some people.
- She has less money than her sister.
- She has less lemonade.
- There seems to be less time for recreation since she started school.