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    Hello everyone,

    The hoodies that are available at less prices does not compromise on style for less money.


    I wish to know, in the aforementioned sentence is the use of the word 'less'(italicized) is wrong?
    I write on MS Word application, and my word document suggests that the correct word should be 'fewer' instead of 'less'.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: less or fewer?

    'lower'/'cheaper'. Not less.

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    Default Re: less or fewer?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,



    May I add something to Bob's excellent answer?

    It may be helpful to write:

    The hoodies that are available at lower prices do not compromise on style.

    a. You need "do" to match "hoodies." The sentence is basically "The hoodies do not ...." The adjective clause "that are available at lower prices" describes "hoodies."

    b. Since you said that they are at lower prices, it is not necessary to say "for less money" at the end.

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    Your MS Word Application (whatever that is! I'm computer illiterate) was just telling you that "less" is for non-count

    nouns and "fewer" for count nouns. So -- according to the rule -- "I have fewer friends than you." Or: "Stand in this

    supermarket line if you have fewer than 10 items." As you can guess, many native speakers break the rule in those

    two sentences by saying "less."


    James

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    Default Re: less or fewer?

    Thank you so much The Parser and BobK for clearing the confusion.

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    Default Re: less or fewer?

    Prices are high/low, higher/lower. Things are expensive/cheap, "cheaper/more expensive".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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