Less and fewer

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

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

In an informal style, less is quite common before plural nouns. Some people consider this incorrect.

Less/fewer of

Before determiners (articles, demonstratives and possessives) and pronouns we use less of and fewer of.

Before nouns without determiners, of is not used.


Lesser means ‘not so much’. It is used in a few expressions.

a lesser-known writer
the lesser of two evils.

See also

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

See also

Just, already and yet

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