The least and the fewest

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The least means the smallest or lowest quantity or degree. It is the superlative of little. It is used before uncountable nouns.

Before plural abstract nouns we can use the least of.

The fewest is the superlative of few. It is used before plural nouns.

Less and Fewer

Less is the comparative of little. It is used before uncountable nouns. Fewer is the comparative of few. It is used before plural nouns.

Note that in an informal style less is quite common before plural nouns.

See also

Laid off vs. Fired
Last and the last
Lay and lie
The least and the fewest
Less and fewer
Let
Like and as
Likely
Little
Look

See also

Just
Just, already and yet

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