Less is the comparative form of little. It is used especially before uncountable nouns. Fewer is the comparative of few. It is used before plural nouns. For example:
- Jeff drinks less alcohol than John.
- I have fewer pairs of shoes than I used to have.
Examples for fewer / less
- I missed less work this year than last.
- John has fewer fishing lures than Jack does.
- Cherie drinks less wine than she used to.
- Fewer than five children live in this apartment building.
- We wear less clothing in hot weather.
- She gets in fewer workouts than he does.
- I tend to wear a lot less perfume on weekdays.
- We grew fewer squashes in our garden than we did last season.
Fewer / less exercises
- There were _______ days below freezing last winter.
- I drank _______ water than she did.
- I have _______ than an hour to do this work.
- People these days are buying _______ newspapers.
- I have _______ time to do this work.
- _______ than thirty children each year develop the disease.
- I wear _______ makeup on weekdays.
- He worked _______ hours than I did.
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