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What is the difference between fewer and less?

Fewer is the comparative form of ‘few’.
Less is the comparative form of ‘little’.

Fewer = not so many
Less = not so much


Fewer is used with plural nouns:
·         fewer vegetables
·         fewer responsibilities
·         fewer children

Less is used in the sense of ‘a small amount’
·         less enthusiasm
·         less sugar
·         less petrol

Less than is used with number alone, and expressions of time and distance:
·         less than a thousand
·         less than ten seconds

·         less than four miles

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