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Less vs Fewer- English Grammar - Teaching Tips
Here we look at the difference between less and fewer. This set of words is often used incorrectly and we decided to take a closer look at the difference to help you avoid mistakes. The key difference is that the word less is used to refer to uncountable things while fewer is used to refer to countable things. Keeping this in mind will help you figure out which word to use in all situations. Remember the '10 items or less' line at the supermarket? Well, it's actually a mistake. If you are purchasing several items then these items are countable, which means the checkout should be called the 10 items or fewer line. Other examples of the difference between the two words are I have been to fewer countries than you (countable), I have less money than you (uncountable).