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    Question less or fewer

    Good afternoon, I am 'The French',

    I have one easy asking to sumit you.

    I made an exercise about the use of less and fewer (I know the rules), but give my your opinion about the following sentence:

    They were (less or fewer) complications this time. I think less is the good word because for me complications is uncountable, am I right?

    Don't hesitate to correct me, I'm just a bigginer.

    Thank for your cooperation.

    Best Regards.

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    Re: less or fewer

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Good afternoon, I am 'The French',

    I have one easy asking to sumit you.

    I made an exercise about the use of less and fewer (I know the rules), but give my your opinion about the following sentence:

    They were (less or fewer) complications this time. I think less is the good word because for me complications is uncountable, am I right?

    Don't hesitate to correct me, I'm just a bigginer.

    Thank for your cooperation.

    Best Regards.
    'Complication' can be countable or uncountable. 'Fewer' is usual but you will hear 'less'.

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    Re: less or fewer

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    They were (less or fewer) complications this time. I think less is the good word because for me complications is uncountable, am I right?
    No, 'complications' is not uncountable. If it was there would be no 's' on the end. As bhai said, 'complication' might be uncountable at times.
    "Fewer complications" is the correct form.

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