Less and Fewer Exercise (253)

Decide whether the missing adjective should be less or fewer in the following sentences.

  • ____ than twenty students submitted essays for the writing contest.

  • Maurice is trying to decide whether to change jobs. He would prefer to work at the newspaper, but the job pays ____ money than the one he has.

  • They seemed so suited to one another, yet their marriage lasted ____ than six months.

  • I prefer to watch movies on Channel 10 because it has ____ commercials than most of the other channels.

  • She says that since she moved out of her mother’s house, she has suffered ____ anxiety than ever before in her life.

Answers and Explanations

1. fewer than twenty students submitted essays for the writing contest.

Use fewer with nouns that can be counted.

2. Maurice is trying to decide whether to change jobs. He would prefer to work at the newspaper, but the job pays less money than the one he has.

Use less with uncountable nouns.

3. They seemed so suited to one another, yet their marriage lasted less than six months.

Use less with measurements of time.

4. I prefer to watch movies on Channel 10 because it has fewer commercials than most of the other channels.

Use fewer with nouns that can be counted.

5. She says that since she moved out of her mother’s house, she has suffered less anxiety than ever before in her life.

Use less with uncountable nouns.

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