Less vs Fewer_ What's the difference
Hi, I'm Sam from BBC Learning English and today we're going to look at the difference between less and fewer when comparing things.
It's actually very simple. We use fewer with countable nouns and less with uncountable nouns. But even native speakers get this wrong, so let's have a look at some examples.
I moved recently, and comparing my old area to my new neighbourhood, I can say:
There are fewer restaurants and fewer cafes and there is less traffic and less pollution.
Cafes and restaurants are countable nouns. You can count them on your fingers and you can make them plural, so we use fewer.
Pollution and traffic are uncountable nouns. You can't count them on your fingers and you can't make them plural, so we use less.