less vs fewer

less fewer


  • 1) A smaller amount.
  • 2) Something not as important as something else.
  • 3) A smaller portion or quantity.
  • 4) The inferior, younger, or smaller.
  • 5) Lower in importance, esteem, or rank.
  • 6) Not as great in amount or quantity.
  • 7) Consisting of a smaller number.
  • 8) Smaller; not so large or great; not so much; shorter; inferior
  • 9) (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer
  • 10) (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality
  • 11) (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree
  • 12) In lower degree
  • 13) To smaller extent
  • 14) To a smaller extent, degree, or frequency.
  • 15) Not so much; in a smaller or lower degree
  • 16) comparative of little
  • 17) used to form the comparative of some adjectives and s
  • 18) obsolete To make less; to lessen.
  • 19) Tobecomeless;lessen.
  • 20) Tomakeless;lessen.
  • 21) obsolete Unless.
  • 22) Minus; not including
  • 23) With the deduction of; minus.
  • 24) (much/still) Certainly not.
  • 25) (less than) Not at all.


  • 1) (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of
  • 2) The comparative of few; a smaller number.


  • 1) Some were social media fans while others used it less often.
  • 2) You may not have to resort to selling or setting up a company to pay less tax.
  • 3) The worse the problem the less he says about it.
  • 4) But this was about something so much less tangible than cash.
  • 5) Yet they are still less likely than men to get a salary increase when they ask.
  • 6) Yet none of that makes it any less watchable.
  • 7) The whole thing takes less than 15 minutes.
  • 8) Some 15 per cent said texting would actually make them less likely to vote.
  • 9) It may be inevitable that the less creditworthy will pay more to borrow, but this disparity is far too great.
  • 10) The harder you walk, the less distance or number of steps you need to take to reap the benefits of walking.
  • 11) Shopping goods are generally purchased less often.
  • 12) You may pay less tax if you withdraw the money as a capital gain.
  • 13) The rest of the numbers were less prodigious.
  • 14) Yet they say that less than a third of these people have any form of treatment.
  • 15) They prefer something less awesome and more informal.
  • 16) Yet still it was less clean than medicine.
  • 17) Talking about aliens and bluegrass and less important things.
  • 18) Things were being done to make the songs less like pop songs.
  • 19) They are also much less excited about where their organisation is going.
  • 20) This is much less often performed today than in the past.
  • 21) Jurors found him guilty after less than two hours of deliberation.
  • 22) The journey had been covered in less than five minutes.
  • 23) We are eating out less and drinking in more.
  • 24) Voters are far less sure about what should be done.
  • 25) To act more or less like a deposit account.
  • 26) It typically lasts less than an hour and rarely takes longer than two hours.
  • 27) This car is less about charm than practicality.
  • 28) The latter is clearly a desk job with no driving involved and would cost less to cover.
  • 29) Writing in the third person is less gouging on yourself but less powerful.
  • 30) Many will receive less than this amount.
  • 31) We spent less time together and things fizzled out.
  • 32) Perugia airport is a less than half an hour's drive away.
  • 33) ‘I appreciate trying to save money and being less of a consumer and all those other good things.’
  • 34) ‘So, the lower the charges, the less of your money is gobbled up and the better chance you have of matching the market.’
  • 35) ‘Also, they frequently carry outrageously high charges, so less of your money goes to work on day one.’
  • 36) ‘The main problem is that they tend to charge a lot more and that leaves less of your money going into investments.’
  • 37) ‘Being too cautious could mean that you invest less of your money in shares and keep more in cash.’
  • 38) ‘Full-face masks also reduce the amount of heat loss, because less of the head is exposed.’
  • 39) ‘About this we need to ask, would we want to do less of it in order to save money to be spent elsewhere?’
  • 40) ‘She will be no less protected on the floor below and she will be less of a hassle for you.’
  • 41) ‘They also backed simple measures to remind people about their appointments, so less of doctors' time was wasted.’
  • 42) ‘They want more of acting and less of dancing on the slopes of Switzerland.’
  • 43) ‘Urban and rural membership will be less of a fault-line than male and female.’
  • 44) ‘They come out three months later than their UK counterparts, but that is markedly less of a gap than previously.’
  • 45) ‘If he devoted less of his time to goading opposition supporters then perhaps he would not be the most hated man in Scottish football.’
  • 46) ‘I think there's a lot less of that sort of thing now than there used to be.’
  • 47) ‘I woke up with less of a headache than I head yesterday, which is good.’
  • 48) ‘I shall be watching most of the track athletics, some of the swimming, some of the sailing and even less of the gymnastics.’
  • 49) ‘Government is taking less of the national wealth than any time since 1974.’
  • 50) ‘The applicant's income was less than that of the respondent but still significant.’
  • 51) ‘You are entitled to the full amount if your annual income is less than £18,900.’
  • 52) ‘Never had he accepted anything less than what he wanted, not even then.’
  • 53) ‘In most cases fast greens present less problems when drawing around a blocking bowl.’
  • 54) ‘It can be shown for example that there were less that 5000 men present but this is not of any importance.’
  • 55) ‘Yes, but it would present less difficulties once it is acknowledged that the writ is almost as of right.’
  • 56) ‘That is part of the answer, but a less important part than the nature of the new legislation.’
  • 57) ‘To some extent the presence or absence of fine writing is even less important to me here than it is with people journals.’
  • 58) ‘The same trend applies, albeit to a less impressive extent, in the abbreviated format.’
  • 59) ‘I think labels are less important than practical solutions to fund museums.’
  • 60) ‘It's less important that they suffer than we're made to look stupid.’
  • 61) ‘As we focus on that, what happens to the institution becomes less important.’
  • 62) ‘In reality, the factors that caused the war are far less important than its consequences.’
  • 63) ‘Sometimes the vanity is so strong that the health or even the life of the kids becomes less important.’
  • 64) ‘Well, now that we have broadband, the ability to load pages without images has become a lot less important.’
  • 65) ‘It is said that this kind of convention is getting less important in modern China.’
  • 66) ‘The story itself appears less important than the manner in which it has been told.’
  • 67) ‘At first, the design of the network will seem less important than the content that is moved over it.’
  • 68) ‘What I am trying to say is that the end result makes the platform choice less important.’
  • 69) ‘Lower leaves often turn yellow as the plant begins to head and become less important.’
  • 70) ‘Small HDL particles are much less effective at soaking up their bad brethren.’
  • 71) ‘Suddenly the whole prospect seems considerably less appealing.’
  • 72) ‘Punitive and other reactions were considerably less common.’
  • 73) ‘Alcohol use disorders are considerably less common in this age range than they are among younger individuals.’
  • 74) ‘I look up and see he is wearing rather academic spectacles, which makes him look slightly less threatening.’
  • 75) ‘One apparently almost universal discriminatory practice was to pay women less than men.’
  • 76) ‘The examination she was put through was less than thorough’
  • 77) ‘There was some constant fuzz on the track, so the clarity was less than perfect.’
  • 78) ‘Graham was less than pleased.’
  • 79) ‘David seemed less than delighted with the new situation.’
  • 80) ‘Due to poor promotion a less than adequate turnout was achieved.’


  • 1) Claims that such systems make pets anxious and scared mean few owners use them.
  • 2) Probably for a good few years yet.
  • 3) Home celebrations began with the last few singles still out on the course.
  • 4) You will need to appoint a few people as executors of your will.
  • 5) Get those last few away to the compost heap or tucked up under shrubs.
  • 6) It is set to close a further three acquisitions in the next few months.
  • 7) Demand for this style of investment has grown considerably in the past few years.
  • 8) She would stop for a few seconds and then bite again.
  • 9) The faces grow older, the numbers are fewer and the memories fade.
  • 10) They keep plaque at bay and brighten teeth after a few uses.
  • 11) There are a few good laughs here.
  • 12) They have certainly earned these last few weeks of unbelievable memories.
  • 13) You need to pay fewer people more.
  • 14) They were just a few feet away.
  • 15) But crunch a few numbers and things get more interesting.
  • 16) They are now expected within the next few weeks.
  • 17) The police have suffered a good deal of criticism in the past few years.
  • 18) You could save a few pounds in a few seconds.
  • 19) We captured a few small ones and took samples from them and then put them back.
  • 20) She appears to have had few close friends.
  • 21) The reaction was similar to the one when we found remains a few days ago.
  • 22) Lower heat and simmer for a few minutes.
  • 23) They felt he allowed few opportunities to use their abilities.
  • 24) The arrangement lasted only a few weeks.
  • 25) Very few people are instinctively good at maths.
  • 26) She lives a few hundred yards away from my flat.
  • 27) The show is set to be piloted in the next few weeks.
  • 28) It is understood the five men were all recalled into custody within the past few months.
  • 29) They are then asked questions by people they have only seen before for a few seconds.
  • 30) There may be a few small acne scars from adolescence.
  • 31) Only a few people close to me have had anything happen.
  • 32) Only a few days left of our least favourite month.
  • 33) With few hard numbers to go on, investors have to rely on guesswork and emotion.
  • 34) Schwab found that the average participant who has not received professional advice is invested in fewer than four asset classes, whereas those who receive advice invest in a minimum of eight.
  • 35) And GM is on its fourth CEO in fewer years and still has more debts than assets.
  • 36) Pickleball Del Webb, the country 's largest builder of active-adult communities, had pickleball courts in fewer than one in five of its developments in 2006.
  • 37) Current therapies can take up to a year and work in fewer than half of the most typical patients.
  • 38) These new purposes will win fewer votes than "your own personal biological repair kit," but they are also much more realistic.
  • 39) The tepid outlook factors in fewer working days due to holidays in the second half of December and also the lack of opportunity to increase prices, Senapaty said.

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