What Are Their Differences?
'Less' refers to a reduction in the amount of something. While 'fewer' refers to a reduction in the number of something.
What They Refer to
refers to an 'amount', not a 'number' and as a result, it is followed by a singular uncountable noun.
The lawyer found
refers to a number and as a result, it is used before plural countable nouns.
Less and Few as Pronouns and Adverbs
can be used as a pronoun or even as an adverb, after a verb or before adjectives and other adverbs.
'Less' refers to a reduction in the 'amount' of 'water'.
after going on a diet.")
cannot be used as a pronoun or adverb. It is an adjective and as a result, it can modify nouns, not adjectives. adverbs, or verbs.
His mother is
strict than mine.")
The Last Differences
As an adverb, less is used before 'adjectives' or other 'adverbs' and after 'verbs'. As you know, determiners are used before 'nouns' and in this case, 'less' is mostly used before 'uncountable' nouns, but it can also be used before plural countable nouns, since it is common among native speakers. 'Less' as a pronoun is not immediately followed by a 'noun'. As a suffix, 'less' is added to some a'djectives' to show the lack of the particular adjective.
Pink is my
Have some! I used
We seem to spend
He talked in the most
Less as a Preposition
'Less' as a preposition means to subtract or take away. For example:
What is 56 less 6? It equals 50.
- Comparative adjective:
'Fewer' comes before the noun to refer to a smaller number.
She has read
Using 'of' after Less and Fewer
Since 'less' can be used as a pronoun, it can be followed by 'of' before noun phrases and pronouns, but 'fewer' cannot be used before 'of' as it is an adjective.
Actually, in compare with the last two years, more of the company's employees are promoted and
their advices were useful for me.)
What They Mean
- 'Less' and 'Fewer':
both indicate a reduction in degree, number, or amount. It means that they are getting little in their quantities.
He has bought
- 'Less' and 'Fewer':
are used to compare things and give information that one of them is smaller in size, number, amount, or in general smaller in quantity.
I like Alex more. He talks
Talking about Distance and Money
'Less' is more likely to be used in indicating distances and amounts of money. Check out the examples.
This shirt is