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    Hi, this is Lee, an English lady living in Germany. Could someone please tell me an easy way to explain to a Polish gentleman, who lives in Germany and is trying to learn English...... when to use Less and when to use Fewer. Many thanks

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    Hi, this is Lee, an English lady living in Germany. Could someone please tell me an easy way to explain to a Polish gentleman, who lives in Germany and is trying to learn English...... when to use Less and when to use Fewer. Many thanks
    Hello Lee,

    I try to explain it in an easy way

    Fewer:
    (comparative of `few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of; "fewer birds came this year"; "the birds are fewer this year"; "fewer trains were late"

    less:
    (comparative of `little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree; "of less importance"; "less time to spend with the family"; "a shower uses less water"; "less than three years old"

    I hope that helps

    Kind regards,
    Dany


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    Thanks Dany, You're a star!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee
    Thanks Dany, You're a star!
    You're welcome

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