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    less/fewer

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    He received much/many/a lot less/fewer points than me.

    Which is the most correct choice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    He received much/many/a lot less/fewer points than me.

    Which is the most correct choice?
    It is correct to use "fewer". It's common enough to hear "less" in place of "fewer". However, I believe in using "few" or "fewer" where it's correct.

    Use "fewer" before countable nouns.

    Use "less" before uncountable nouns.

    This is common in American Supermarkets:

    This register is for twelve items or less.

    So using "less" for countable items seems to be well established. However, clearly understanding the difference between the two, I prefer to use each word correctly. It's logical.

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    Re: less/fewer

    Hi

    So it's correct to say: He received much fewer points than me.
    Buy I suppose saying that "He received many fewer points than me" is not correct (although "many" refers to countable nouns)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    So it's correct to say: He received much fewer points than me.
    Buy I suppose saying that "He received many fewer points than me" is not correct (although "many" refers to countable nouns)?

    cheers
    In this case, "many" would be correct. However, using "many" to modify "fewer points" sounds rather awkward to me and not like the most natural phrase.

    I would use one of these:

    I got many more points than him.
    I received many more points than he did.
    He didn't receive nearly as many points as I did.
    He didn't get nearly as many points as me.

    In these sentences, the verbs "get" and "receive" are interchangeable.

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    Re: less/fewer

    So it would be better to just say: He received fewer points than me (excluding "many" "much" and "a lot").


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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    So it would be better to just say: He received fewer points than me (excluding "many" "much" and "a lot").
    Yes, I think that's better.


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