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Mark3 May 25th, 2017 12:29pm

If it was fewer people who went to the concert last night, why is fewer correct and less is incorrect?

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liam2013 iowa
05/25/17 9:57 am

Fewer refers to number. Less refers size, mass, weight.

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WeThePharaoh Planet Earth
05/25/17 7:48 am

Take it to the Supreme Court

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jlong105 Indiana
05/25/17 7:22 am

@tlaney this sounds like a job for you.

b4mytime Orange County, CA
05/25/17 7:18 am

"Fewer" is used for things you can count discretely. If you have 7 grapes, you have FEWER grapes than someone who has 8.

"Less" is used for something whose quantities are not measured discretely. For example, we don't say someone has one peanut butter or two peanut butters. So we would say one person has LESS peanut butter than another. Or we could say they have FEWER ounces of peanut butter, since ounces are counted.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/25/17 6:05 pm

You beat me to it! Great explenation.

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b4mytime Orange County, CA
05/26/17 2:50 pm

That's high praise, coming from you!

Diogenes FreeMeBe
05/25/17 6:35 am

Because less is more! I heard it on a commercial. 😎

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buffalozulu New Adventures
05/25/17 6:34 am

If you're talking about individual things it's fewer, e.g. There were fewer swans chasing me today. If you're talking about a whole or a concept, you use less, e.g. I will start eating less food

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RussianThunder Russia and USA
05/25/17 6:27 am

English.....incredibly difficult language

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Mark3
05/25/17 7:21 am

RT, see buffalo above. Less is used for things that aren't measured by some individual unit. Less sugar means a lower amount. However, if you were to speak of grains of sugar then it would be fewer.