Less or Fewer Exercise (141)

Both less and fewer are used to indicate quantity. Choose which best suits the context in the following sentences.

  • People nowadays buy ______ newspapers than a few years ago.

  • I want to spend ______ time on routine work and more on creative things.

  • Maurice said he was willing to take ______ money if he didn’t have to move.

  • This year I plan to eat ______ cookies at Christmas.

  • Because of the bad weather, we sold ______ tickets this year than last.

Answers and Explanations

1. People nowadays buy fewer newspapers than a few years ago.

The general rule is to use fewer with plural nouns and less with singular nouns. More precisely, fewer is used with people or things that can be counted, and less is used with quantities and numbers that give a quantity or size.

2. I want to spend less time on routine work and more on creative things.

Time is an uncountable noun.

3. Maurice said he was willing to take less money if he didn’t have to move.

Money is an uncountable noun.

4. This year I plan to eat fewer cookies at Christmas.

Cookies are can be counted.

5. Because of the bad weather, we sold fewer tickets this year than last.

Tickets can be counted.

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