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    #1

    I have less company holidays than is necessary

    Is only 2 correct? Doesn't 1 work, too? Does "less" work only with uncountable nouns?

    1.I have less company holidays than is necessary
    2.I have fewer company holidays than is necessary

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    #2

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    2. would be correct if it ended with a full stop. 1. would not.
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    #3

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    I have fewer company holidays than is necessary.

    This does not see a very natural sentence to me. Than is necessary for what?

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    #4

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    What is a company holiday? Is it a holiday you go on with your colleagues? Is it the number of days holiday/leave you are allocated by the company you work for?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    I agree that it's not a natural sentence. It would be a grammatically correct sentence if it ended in a full stop, though.
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    #6

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    I meant the holiday allocated by the company you work for. How do you say that?
    Also, as in "I have less than 20 dollars", can't "less than" be used for countable nouns as well?

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    #7

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    Countable nouns use "fewer than".
    Non-countable nouns use "less than".

    I have fewer apples than you.
    He takes fewer holidays than his mother.
    We have less water than you.
    They eat less sugar these days than they did last year.

    For your original sentence, say "I have fewer days' annual leave/holiday than I need" or "I don't have as many annual leave/holiday days as I need".

    Note that they can both use the non-countable "leave/holiday" if you omit "days".
    "I have less leave/holiday than I need" or "I don't have as much leave/holiday as I need".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Also, as in "I have less than 20 dollars", can't "less than" be used for countable nouns as well?[/COLOR]
    Although you might say Here's a dollar while handing someone a dollar bill, you can only describe seven dollar bills as seven dollars if you're talking about the amount of money they comprise.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post

    Also, as in "I have less than 20 dollars", can't "less than" be used for countable nouns as well?
    It can be used for amounts.

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    Re: I have less company holidays than is necessary

    keannu -- my advice to you would be DON'T use less with uncountable nouns even though lots of native speakers do. If you start doing it now, it will be hard to break the habit later.

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