learn the rule:
less. or fewer?
- Less and fewer are adjectives that modify quantities of plural nouns
- Fewer is used when there are specific, countable or observable items/entitites/objects in the collection
- I have fewer potatoes than I need to make chips.
- There are fewer than four people as ugly as you.
- Less is used when the quantity is more general, ambiguous or collective.
- You can make less mash with those potatoes.
- I am less ugly than you.
- Getting it wrong is pretty easy. It still makes you look stupid.
- By reading this, you'll be less wrong than you were before by making fewer mistakes. You'll still smell, though.