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    #1

    Less/a few

    Hello,
    I need a hint about less.
    Example:
    I have many friends. - He has more friends.
    I have less friends. - He has ? friends.

    Furthermore I'm not 100% sure if the first less is correct.
    What about I have a few friends?

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: Less/a few

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I need a hint about less.
    Example:
    I have many friends. - He has more friends.
    I have less friends. - He has ? friends.

    Furthermore I'm not 100% sure if the first less is correct.
    What about I have a few friends?

    Cheers!
    "Less" is a comparative term, so if you say "I have less friends" you have to compare it with something, for example: "I have less friends than I used to have" or "I have less friends than he has".

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    #3

    Re: Less/a few

    I would suggest you also consider the word "fewer" as a possibility for friends.

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    #4

    Re: Less/a few

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I would suggest you also consider the word "fewer" as a possibility for friends.
    Yes, Kon I agree with you, it should be "fewer" but the distinction between "less" and "fewer" is rapidly disappearing.

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    #5

    Re: Less/a few

    I see.
    That means
    I have few friends. - He has fewer friends.
    should be fully okay.

    And also It happens to numbers (which are) fewer than 5. should be okay.

    Thank you.

    Cheers!

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    #6

    Re: Less/a few

    No, with the number, use less.

    Round down if the last digit is less than 5. Round up if it's 5 or greater/higher.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: Less/a few

    Less is lovely for sugar and cream, but for discrete individuals, I'd say fewer sounds more correct.

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