Little vs. Less

'Less' and 'little' are truly close to each other. There is just a delicate difference between them. So, if you are curious, click here.

What Are Their Main Differences?

As it was mentioned earlier 'less' and 'little' have different meanings. 'Less' refers to a reduction in something, while 'little' refers to a small amount of something.

Differences

Similarities

Little and Less as Quantifiers

  • 'Little' and 'less':

are both quantifiers.

Drop little oil in the pan. It will cause burn on the pizza.

The doctor suggested to have less butter.

Little of and Less of

  • 'Little of' and 'less of':

are used when they are followed by pronouns or determiners + nouns

Little of his coffee was dropped on her shirt, but she was plenty angry.

Using less of this chocolate per day would increase your energy.

Singular or Plural Nouns?

  • 'Less' and 'little':

are both followed by a singular uncountable noun.

We are making less money during the pandemic.

I need little fresh air.

Little and Less as Pronouns

  • 'Little' and 'less':

can be both pronouns.

I can’t eat all the pasta. I want less.

Men know little about women.

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