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    less and fewer

    I dont know what is different between less and fewer . can you help me ?

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    Re: less and fewer

    In many cases there is no difference.

    Example: Less than five people came to the party. = Fewer than five people came to the party

    but here is a case where there is a difference:

    Five less two equals three. (correct)
    Five fewer two equals three. (incorrect)

    The word "less" can be used in more ways than the word "fewer".
    Less can be a noun, verb, adverb, adjective or pronoun.

    But the word "fewer" can only be an adjective or a pronoun.

    Consult a dictionary to see the different usages.

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