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    Default fewer vs. fewer of

    ciao,

    What should be a difference, if any, between "fewer" and "fewer of" ?

    Fewer people smoke today.
    Fewer of US jobs have been offshored.

    thanks for your answer..

    Srdjan

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    Default Re: fewer vs. fewer of

    Maybe this will help....

    Use FEWER, MORE or LESS before a simple noun, a simple thing.

    I want fewer dogs.
    I want less money.
    I want more money.

    To become skinny, eat less food.
    To become skinny, eat fewer pizzas.
    To become fat, eat more pizzas.

    Use FEWER OF or LESS OF before a noun with a DETERMINER in front of it... a word like this, the, my...

    I want fewer of my dogs.
    I want less of your money
    I want more of my money.

    To become skinny, eat less of fatty foods, and more of healthy foods.
    To become skinny, eat fewer of David's pizzas.

    I want more money.
    I want more of your money.
    I am more of a fool than I think.

    I want fewer troubles.
    I want fewer of the troubles I have at work.
    You are less of a fool than you think.

    Did that help?

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    Default Re: fewer vs. fewer of

    With fewer, and other quantifiers, isn't the case that 'of' takes a pronoun or a defining structure as its object? For example,

    Noun: Fewer people
    Pronoun: Fewer of them

    Noun: All people
    Pronoun: All of them
    Defining: All of the people I know ~ All the people I know

    Note, of in All of is often called an imaginary preposition. It's not required.

    As for "Fewer of US jobs have been offshored", it reads like a Newspaper headline, which means the smaller non-essential parts have been omitted for the sake of saving space.

    To make it grammatical, I'd add in the determiner 'the' and define 'US' or I'd omit 'of', like this,

    Defining: Fewer of the US jobs previously mentioned have been offshored.
    Noun phrase: Fewer US jobs

    Note, *Fewer the US jobs is ungrammatical.

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    Default Re: fewer vs. fewer of

    Ciao,

    thanx Robert and Casiopea. That really halped.

    Srdjan

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    Default Re: fewer vs. fewer of

    Ciao,

    thanx Robert and Casiopea. That really helped.

    Srdjan

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    Default Re: fewer vs. fewer of

    You're most welcome, Srdjan.

    (Robert and I seemed to have posted at the exact same time.)

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