“Fewer” is used to compare two or more things that can be counted individually. For example:

  • I have fewer apples than you do.
  • There are fewer people at this party than I expected.

“Less” is used to compare two or more things that cannot be counted individually, or to refer to a general lack of something. For example:

  • I have less time than I thought.
  • There is less water in the glass than there was before.

In general, you can use “fewer” when you can count the items and “less” when you can’t. For example, you would say “I have fewer dollars than you do,” because dollars are individual units that can be counted, but you would say “I have less money than you do,” because money is not something that can be counted individually.

By Karen

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