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    fewer vs less

    The problem is that we have eight fewer/less stamps than there are letters that need to be mailed.

    Which word in bold should I use?

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    Re: fewer vs less

    Fewer.

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    Re: fewer vs less

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Fewer.
    Rover is right. However, you will hear 'less' used so often these days that it is almost becoming acceptable. Use 'fewer' in exams.

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    Re: fewer vs less

    To help you decide in the future, if you can count them -- and you can here: one stamp, two stamps, three stamps -- use "fewer."
    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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