Less vs Fewer – What’s the Difference?

People are often confused between the words Less and fewer. They often mistakenly do the wrong usage of these words in their communication. Let us see the difference between less and fewer.

Less vs Fewer – Difference

The following table shows the difference between less and fewer.

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List of Homophones | Homophones Examples
LessFewer
It is used in the sense of ‘a smaller amount of‘ before a singular uncountable noun as an adjective (a determiner) to denote quantity.

Example-
There is less sugar in your coffee than in mine.
It is used in the sense of ‘not as many as‘ before a plural countable noun as an adjective (a determiner) to denote number.

Example-
There are fewer girls in the mechanical engineering branch than in the computer engineering branch.
It is also used in the sense of ‘a smaller amount of‘ as a pronoun.

Example-
They have less to worry about now.
It is also used in the sense of ‘not as many as‘ as a pronoun.

Example-
Fewer than 10 candidates qualified for the national level examination.
It is also used in the sense of ‘to a smaller degree‘ or ‘not to much‘ as an adverb.

Example-
She is less intelligent.
This gold ring is less expensive.
He read much less now than I used to.
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It is also used in the sense of ‘before a particular amount that must be taken away from the amount just mentioned (or mathematically used term is ‘minus’)‘ as a preposition.

Example-
A monthly rent of $1050 less tax and insurance.
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