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Fewer vs. Less

Fewer is used with quantities

The rocket ship had fewer than 13 monkeys on it)

There are fewer than 1.5 conscientious calculators in the room. (Hey, there’s that “than!”)

Do not say: the rocket ship had less than 13 monkeys.

Let’s move onto less.

Less is used as an ambiguous comparison. 

Ralph was less handsome than Hanson.

I was less than inclined to engage with Hanson because he was an unscrupulous fellow.


About minimalnomad

If you're into MBTI, I'm an ENTP. I enjoy pursuing a more minimal life, and traveling as often as I can. I'd say I spend all of my free money on travelling. I lead a life of great adventure and reflection. I'm involved in marketing and writing, and may go back into professionally editing again. Basically, I just yolo around America and, soon, the world.

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